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Bunnahabhain Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Islay Distillery Information.

Founded in 1883 by the Greenlees Brothers

Location Islay region North Shore district

Water Source Magadale Springs


Bunnahabhain  Distilling Equipment

Porteous Mill

Stainless steel mash tun with copper dome.

6 Oregon pine washbacks

4 Stills, 2 Large onion shape wash stills 2 smaller pear shape spirit stills. Almost horizontal Lyne arms, 2 with Condensers in the stillhouse  2 outside,

Two spirit safes one for each pair. (One Ambercombie, One Lancefield Foundry)

Eight Warehouses on site for 22,000 casks

Matured in American oak bourbon barrels plus some European sherry casks.


Port Askaig

Isle of Islay


PA46 7RP

Tel 44(0)1496 840646

Please Confirm with the distillery before Travelling



March- October 2006

Mon- Fri

Closed Weekends


10.30; 12.45; 14.00;and 15.15


By appointment only

Bunnahabhain Distillery History

The distillery is the most northerly distillery on the island, facing The Isle of Jura across the Sound of Islay.


Established by the Greenlees Brothers, local farmers, in 1881 the distillery went into production in 1883 under the trading name of The Islay Distillery Company.  


During 1887 The Islay Distillery Company amalgamated with Glenrothes - Glenlivit to form the Highland Distilleries Co.


The Distillery was expanded in 1963 with a second pair of stills added


Regarded as the lightest of the Islay whiskies. This may be due to the fact that the water used is drawn from a underground spring before it has run through the peat, also the narrowness of the cut taken from the second distillation.


A Key ingredient of Black Bottle blend, the malt its self is known for being virtually un-peated, which is unexpected of an Islay, but retains that salty tang of the sea making an Ideal introduction to the Islay region.


Bunnahabhain  Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Distillery Bottlings


12 Year Old

Aged 16 Year Manzanilla Sherry Wood

18 Year Old

25 Year Old


Bunnahabhain  Distillery Duty Free Bottlings

Darach Ur



Bunnahabhain  Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Older Distillery Bottlings.

1968 Vintage Reserve – The Family Silver

1971 Aged 35 years 125th Anniversary

Islay Festival Bottling 2006 Pedro ximenez Finish


Bunnahabhain  Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Independent Bottlings  


A.D Rattray

Berry Bros,


Cadenhead's Chairmans Stock

Cask Strength (Duncan Taylor),

Celtic Heartlands (Jim McEwean)


Duglas of Drumlaigh (Douglas Laing)

Dun Bheagan,

Duncan Taylor Collection

Gordon & MacPhail,

Hart Brothers,

Kingsbury (Japan Import System)

MacPhails Collection

Murray McDavid,

Old & Rare (Douglas Laing)

Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Peerless, Duncan Taylor,

Premier  (Douglas Laing)

Private Cellar (Scott's)

Provenance (Douglas Laing)



Single& Single (South Africa)

Whisky Agency (Germany)

Whisky Fair  (Germany)

Bunnahabhain Scotch Whisky

Distillery Style Tasting Notes


Nose: Fresh with a whiff of sea breeze.


Palate:Light bodied. Malty, nutty and fruity.


Finish: Soft and slightly salty.


Award Winning Bunnahabhain 2011

Selections Mondiales des Spiritueux Canada

Bunnahabhain 18yo Gold Award


International Wine and Spirit Competition 2011

Bunnahabhain 18yo Gold – Best in Class medal

Bunnahabhain 25yo Silver – Best in Class medal

Bunnahabhain 12yo Gold  


International Spirits Competition 2011

Bunnahabhain 18yo Gold


Scotch Whisky Masters 2011 Competition

Islay 12

Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old (46.3%) Master


Islay 18

Bunnahabhain 18 Year Old (46.3%) Gold


Islay over 25

Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old (46.3%) Gold


San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2011. Bunnahabhain 18yo and 25yo won Double Gold  Bunnahabhain Toiteach winning a gold award. Bunnahabhain 12yo with a silver award.


Bunnahabhain 18 Year Old Islay Scotch Whisky Awarded Gold Status in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible Liquid Gold Awards 2011

Bunnahabhain Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12 year old

The Characteristic bottle is emerald green with the helmsman emblazoned with a golden porthole on the front. In a black gift tube that the bottle fits snugly into.


Tasting Note:-


The nose offers a fresh and aromatic experience with a subtle whiff of smoke floating through the air.


The taste starts with a light fruit and nut appeal that leads to a spectacular malty sweetness, finishing into a beautifully rich full-bodied, lingering experience


Bunnahabhain 18 year old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

The 18 year old is encased in a smoked brown glass bottle with dual labelling to differentiate it from the younger 12 year old sibling. Its gift tube is seaweed green in colour with a subtle but distinct illustration of Bunnahabhain's bay on the front.


This beautiful golden spirit's nose releases honeyed nuts and a slightly sea-induced salty tang. Rich toffee and leathery oak aromas can be sensed upon further inspection. The palate is influenced by mellow sherried nuts and shavings of the finest natural oak wood.


The voyage ends with dry notes that are interspersed with mixed spices fading magnificently into a light salt and sherry finale.


Bunnahabhain 25 year old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

The 25 year old is delivered in the deeper smoked oak glass bottle but its labelling is on aged parchment and it finds its bed in an Alder wooden box lined with Hessian and closed with solid brass fittings.


This 25 year old has an amber gold colouring with quite a sherried nose, at first, that introduces a stunning sweet caramel dessert aroma, beautifully entwined with subtle suggestions of oak and polished leather. The indulgence of sweet berries and cream ensures a wonderful mélange of tastes that progress into a roasted nut and malt feast. The finish is soft and dry with a delicate dispersal of sugar and spiced oak flavours lingering on the tongue.


Bunnahabhain Toiteach Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

This fine un-aged single malt is a variation on the famous Bunnahabhain Islay Single Malt Scotch whisky. What if a touch of smoke from our peated malted barley was introduced in the distillation process? Toiteach (pronounced Toch Chach) means ‘smoky’ in Gaelic, reflecting the seeming contradiction that this peaty paradox represent