These waters tumble though ancient sandstone rocks from high in the surrounding mountains trapping the water so it doesn’t run through the peat beds as at other distilleries on the Island.
A very lightly peated malted barley is then used for distillation before ageing in cask for 12 years. This is why Bunnahabhain is known as the more subtle of the Islay Malts, with a distinctive oiliness and whiff of sea air that set it apart from the almost universally peaty whiskies that are produced on the island. While the distillery does now also release smoky drams, it's the distinctively oily and almost entirely unpeated whisky that has made its name with whisky fans around the world.
Character and Style of Bunnahabhain
- Dried Fruit
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