THE BUNNAHABHAIN DISTILLERY lies on the peaceful, sheltered north-eastern coast of Islay, the most southerly of the Hebridean Islands. Built in 1881 its name comes from the Gaelic, Bunnahabhain (Bu-na-ha-venn), meaning ‘mouth of the river’, a reference to the Margadale, the river from whose clear Spring waters the whisky is distilled. Read More »
A giant leap forward for Bunnahabhain 12yo, this edition was launched in summer 2010 with a jump in strength to 46.3% and a declaration of no chill-filtration and no added colouring. Enormous credit goes to Burn Stewart for giving punters what they want without jacking up the price too much and we earnestly hope that this will be a massive success. Bravo!
World Whiskies Awards 2014: Best Islay Single Malt 12yo and Under
The second release from the Islay distillery codenamed "Bn". Although Bn is best known for very low or unpeated malt, this bottling is smoky and complex with an oily texture and packs quite a punch at full strength.
A 2006 vintage Bunnahabhain from well established independent bottlers Berry Brothers & Rudd. This may have been bottled at just 7 years of age, but is certainly mature in its complexity and is a delicious example of young peated Bunnahabhain.
After a string of highly-regarded indie peated Bunnahabhains, the distillery has finally released an official version of their heavily-peated malt. Toiteach is Gaelic for Smoky, and apparently there's some sherry influence on this as well. Kudos to Burn Stewart for bottling this unchilfiltered at 46%.
Introduced in 2010, this is the relaunched version of Bunnahabhain 18yo, with owners Burn Stewart having ditched the caramel colouring and chill-filtration and upped the strength to 46.3%. A triumph for 'naturalist' whisky drinkers and a PR triumph for Burn Stewart - Bravo!
IWSC - Gold Medal Winner World Whiskies Awards 2014: Best Islay Single Malt 13-20
A 1989 vintage Bunnahabhain from independent bottlers Berry Brothers and Rudd. Normally unpeated, this single cask is from the small part of the year when Bunnahabhain produce peated malt. Honey and vanilla notes are in abundance here, with a peaty undertone.
A heavily peated whisky from Bunnahabhain, better known for bucking the trend on Islay and producing unpeated spirit. Fortunately they also make a cracking smoky dram, like this one bottled by Signatory at cask strength at 16 years old - distilled on 11 December 1997, matured in a hogshead and bottled on 2 July 2014.
A peated 1989 Bunnahabhain from independent bottlers Berry Brothers & Rudd. The peated spirit is sometimes referred to as Margadale after the river that exists as the distillery's water source. This was bottled after 23 years of maturation and the angels must have been thirsty as it is at a cask strength of just 44%.
A 1988 vintage Bunnahabhain from independent bottlers Signatory as part of their Cask Strength Collection. Aged in a refill sherry butt for 24 years, the angels left this one for us to enjoy, with the cask yielding 588 bottles.
A 1988 vintage Bunnahabhain from independent bottler Signatory as part of their Cask Strength Collection. Distilled on 10 October, this was aged in a refill sherry butt for 25 years, before 530 bottles were yielded on 17 February 2014.
A 1988 vintage Bunnahabhain from independent bottlers Douglas Laing as part of their Director's Cut series. Distilled in December, this was aged for 25 years in cask 10272 before 104 bottles were yielded in March 2014.
An update to the much vaunted Bunnhabhain 25 year old, keeping the same age statement and presentation but upping the ABV to 46.3% to bring it line with the rest of the range. A great whisky at 43% but even better now with a little more oomph.
World Whiskies Awards 2014: Best Islay Single Malt
A 1978 vintage Bunnahabhain from independent bottler Douglas Laing as part of the Directors' Cut series. Distilled in December, it was aged in a single refill hogshead for 35 years before 129 bottles of this spicy whisky were yielded in June 2014.