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Bunnahabhain Distillery

Port Askaig, Isle of Islay , PA46 7RP, Scotland
Tel: +44 1496 840 646
Fax: +44 1496 840 248

Articles (4)

From Tobermory to Tobago
Burn Stewart has a global presence after its recent purchase by a Caribbean based company. Peter Mulryan finds out what its plans are.

September 2003, Issue 33, page 48

The rise of the independents
A couple of years ago there was a spate of takeovers of Scottish distilleries and independent buyouts. What happened to them? Ian Buxton investigates

March 2005, Issue 46, page 48

Welcome to Islay's gentle soul
It calls itself the gentle malt of Islay,but Bunnahabhain is much more than just that.Dominic Roskrow braved the last blast of winter to visit it

April 2008, Issue 71, page 42

Whisky paradise
In the latest in our series on visiting distilleries Caroline Dewar looks at Islay and Jura

March 2006, Issue 54, page 38

Whiskies (35)
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Bunnahabhain 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.30%
7 What was already a very fine (if underrated) 12yo has been given greater depth with a bump up in strength and non chill filtering. It's now one of the best on the market.

Bunnahabhain 14 Years Old Port Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.00%
7 Front-loaded, clumsy and forced. Bunna's good enough on its own.

Bunnahabhain 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.30%
8 On the oak side but with depth and distinction.

Bunnahabhain 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.30%
8 The nose lets you expect sweeter notes. The palate is a bit disappointing.

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Bunnahabhain 35 Years Old Limited Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.90%
8 You'd never guess this was 35. Great life, balance and bags of character. A beauty.

Bunnahabhain Cruach Mhona
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
8 An appetising islander. On the sweet side. Bring the langoustines and the scallops.

Bunnahabhain Darach Ur
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.30%
7 Seems to be slightly hidden somehow. Maybe it just needs time to settle in the bottle.

Bunnahabhain Manzanilla Sherry Wood 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.20%
7 Well controlled. Wood just coming into play and despite the sulphur it's a pleasing light,sweet spirit.

Abbey Whisky Bunnahabhain
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.00%
8 Shy at first but revealing pleasant fruity flavours.

Berrys' 1987 Bunnahabhain Cask #2728
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Malts with this sort of industrial style need sweetness to balance. For me, it's not really there.

Bunnahabhain 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Appetising and remarkably refreshing.

Bunnahabhain 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 I couldn't get past that taste of overfried bacon. This is a great malt distillery, and one of my favourites, so I am a little disappointed.

Bunnahabhain 1963
Single Malt - Scotland - 42.90%
8 The Islay origins become more obvious the more mature Bunnahabhain is. This one would be comfortable in distant Cathay or in Tokyo or even 42nd Street.

Bunnahabhain 1966
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.10%
7 The blood-orange hue suggests that this Bunnahabhain will in all senses be more colourful than the gentle 12 Years Old we normally encounter. Sun-dried whisky?

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Bunnahabhain 1968 Auld Aquaintance, Hogmanay Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.80%
8 A brilliantly sunny winter's day; a walk by the sea in late afternoon; a dram at dusk. Still Bunnahabhain, but so different.

Bunnahabhain 1968, The Family Silver Vintage Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Because it is less aggressive than some of its neighbours, Bunnahabhain is often regarded as not being a proper Islay malt. This proves it can be.

Bunnahabhain 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 A bold spirit, tempered by well-timed maturation. A little flat to be truly great.

Bunnahabhain Ceòbanach
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.30%
7 This could do with much longer in the cask before being let out into the world. Makes me hope bottle-aging exists.

Bunnahabhain Cruach-Mhona
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
8 Bunnahabhain as a ‘mainstream' Islay! Not overly complex, but a very decent, sturdy dram.

Bunnahabhain Eirigh Na Greine
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.30%
7 The nose suggests youth, but this is somewhat compensated for by a more pleasing palate

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Dewar Rattray Bunnahabhain 27 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.90%
8 Not as elegant and complex as some in this flight, but the breakfast it evoked was hearty and delicious.

Dewar Rattray Bunnahabhain 35 Years Old 1974
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.30%
7 The nose has got some complexity but the palate is overwhelmed and overdried by spices. It needs water.

Dimensions Cask Strength Bunnahabhain Sherry
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.50%
7 Egg fried rice, sweet 'n' sour chicken, and that Islay whisky, please…

Duncan Taylor Bunnahabhain 1969, 36 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.70%
7 Hasn't held up for its age anything like as well as the previous thirty-something Bruichladdich. The cask has won this battle.

Elements of Islay Bunnahabhain BN1
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.70%
7 Unusual profile for a... Bn ! Very interesting though. The perfect companion to a cheese and fruit plate.

Gordon & MacPhail Bunnahabhain 1989
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 A breakfast whisky for the truly decadent.

Lombard Jewels of Scotland Bunnahabhain 1979 Sherry Wood
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
7 Hopping mad.

Master of Malt Bunnahabhain 1990 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.10%
7 Soft and very easy.

Murray McDavid Bunnahabhain 1979 Bourbon Barrel
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
6 Surprising peatiness, but without smokiness.

Murray McDavid Bunnahabhain 1979 Sherry Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 For an allegedly light malt, the flavours sing through but, as the dark colour suggests, there really is too much wood.

Old Islay Single Malt Bunnahabhain 33 Years Old selected by Royal Mile Whiskies
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.50%
7 Caramel and creamy notes dominate this whisky, which could be boring were it not for the intriguing hints or ripe fruit and Calvados.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society Bunnahabhain, 10.56
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.40%
8 I admired its feistiness, but I might be more comfortable with a greater degree of maturity.

Selected by Berry's Bunnahabhain 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.10%
8 A bold statement, this one. If you like heavily sherried drams, this will appeal, if not, perhaps time to reconsider.

That Boutique-y Whisky Company Bunnahabhain
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 The palate does not deliver as much as the nose. Lacks character

The Whisky Exchange Bunnahabhain 27 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 A welcome addition.

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