Bunnahabhain Ceobanach

70cl / 46.3%
  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
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Bunnahabhain Ceòbanach harks to the distillery's early days, when the spirit was heavily peated. Aged in ex-bourbon casks for more than 10 years, this is a rich and complex whisky with a maritime character, and will match well with chocolate, smoked fish or red meat.
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  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • Orange Orange
  • Lemon Lemon
  • Salt (powder) Salt (powder)
  • Brine Brine
  • Seaweed Seaweed

Bunnahabhain Ceobanach Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by Stuart P

    Nose: Sprightly aromas of peat, tarry rope and ozone, lifted by aromatic citrus – lemon peel in particular. Has a real spring in its step.

    Palate: Fresh and lively. Soft mouthfeel, with clean, refreshing lemon oil and freshly ground black pepper, followed by evocative maritime notes of brine, ozone and seaweed.

    Finish: Medium, with good balance between the peat and citrus.

  • Producer's Tasting Notes

    Colour: Lemon gold

    Nose: Intense and pungent, phenolic, fragrant smoke, light tar, sweet oak, seaweed, creamy and mildly antiseptic

    Palate: Sweet maltiness, then a lovely balance of a tangy smokiness and vanilla notes, mellow and smooth, white pepper, hints of bitter orange, liquorice and sea salt

    Finish: Oatcakes, peppery sweet smoke, then sea salt again, lingering

9 Customer Reviews

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  • 4
    26 February

    It is one of my favourites. The smoke and saltiness are well-balanced. Warms the throat while going down.

  • 5
    5 September 2018

    Damn good whisky!

  • 3
    30 January 2018

    I think it's a good one, overall. But honestly I feel like the "salty, briny, seaweed notes" I've heard spoken of it are subtle at best, at least to my palate. I've been on the hunt for a scotch that really does epitomize those flavors but didn't think this one came close to matching the expectations I had for it, in terms of those flavors.

  • 4
    19 September 2017

    Flavors as described - spot on! A great after dinner drum :)

  • 5
    21 June 2017

    Brilliant, for me one of the best Islay's I've drunk. the perfect balance between the big peated and medicinal soutern whisky's and the more elegant northern Islay's. A big five star for this super dram, equal with Ardbeg corryvrecken and, the best kept secret, Finlaggan cask strengh.

  • 4
    4 July 2016

    What a lovely dram. Very smooth to drink.

  • 5
    15 October 2015

    Got this duty free for a friend but ended up keeping it for myself. Amazingly smooth and drinkable. Would recommend.

  • 5
    29 June 2015

    Sometimes these oddly named special releases don''t live up to expectations, but I was really pleasantly surprised by Ceobanach. For my taste it''s really spot on. It''s fresh and lively, the balance between the pehnolic and sweet-citrusy notes is just right and so is its smoothness. Very easily drinkable. The balance reminds me a little bit of Ardbeg 10. More conservative reviewers might find this a bit pricy for the age, but for me the taste and pure enjoyment of this whisky live up to its price.

  • 5
    5 December 2014

    This is really good, best islay I''ve tasted for a while. I think I got the last bottle of it as well, cracking whisky from a good consistent distillery. Well done bunnahabhain.