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Discovers Rare 40 YO Islay

Bunnahabhain is releasing a one-off rare single malt that has lain undiscovered for four decades at the Islay distillery. Only 750 bottles will be released; each individually numbered and hand signed.

Hidden for 40 years, maturing until Master Distiller, Ian MacMillan, discovered the casks listed in the distillery ledgers. "It was an exhilarating moment to stumble on such a special find," he said. "There are very few 40 year old Islays and unlike any other, Bunnahabhain's taste is considered unique because the distillery does not heavily peat the fine malted barley."

The discovery was significant as the 'Turney' casks were filled by eminent Glasgow wine merchants, J G Turney, and renowned for being the highest standard of quality.

Bunnahabhain commissioned renowned illustrator, Iain McIntosh, to retrace the voyage. Each bottle is presented in a bespoke oak box containing a secret compartment that reveals hidden designs replicating the 'Journey of Discovery.'

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