The island of Islay (pronounced eye-la) lies in the southern Inner Hebridean isles of Scotland and boasts 8 producing single malt distilleries: (Ardbeg, Bowmore, Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila, Lagavulin, Laphroaig, Kilchoman) and one closed (Port Ellen). Islay is home to some of the most famous distilleries in Scotland, and while the majority produce a heavily peated and pungently smoky whisky, there are excellent un-peated styles made here too.
The distinctive smoky aroma and flavour is imparted by the drying of barley over smouldering peat fires, with this character diminishing and softening with time in the cask. Islay whiskies are connected strongly to where they are made, and a visit to the island is among one of the best whisky experiences available in the world.
The Whiskies of Islay — Bunnahabhain
Bunnahabhain 12 years old 46.3%
Situated on the beautiful north east coast of Islay, looking out over the paps of Jura, Bunnahabhain is described as the 'gentle Islay', a more approachable style compared to the classic peat smoke characteristic the island is so well known for. The nose is aromatic with a subtle glimmer of smoke and a faint hint of seashore that continues into ...
Bunnahabhain 18 years old 46.3%
The nose on the Bunnahabhain 18 is truly incredible - huge notes of rich honey, nuts, old leather, dried fruits and a hint of sea-side smoke. A distinct umami (the Japanese word for 'savoury', think soy sauce and dried meat) character and a truly to-die-for rich dark chocolate flavour push this whisky in to a league far beyond what its age and p...
Bunnahabhain 1990 'BBR' #1536 47.8%
This bottling from Berry Bros. & Rudd is from Bunnahabhain distillery on Islay. It is 26 years old and from a single cask. The nose starts with the aroma of apples, leather, citrus and wood spice. The palate moves into bright fruits and a subtle smokiness in the background.
Bunnahabhain 'Gordon & MacPhail' Discovery 11 years old 43%
This new expression comes from Gordon & MacPhail's 'discovery' range, offering fine examples of some of the distinctive cask and spirit types in Scotland. Bottled from sherry casks from the Bunnahabhain distillery, this is not dominantly peaty at all - rich and sweet with sherry cask fruitcake notes, with vanilla, a touch of orange marmalade...
Bunnahabhain 'Xtra old Particular' 1988 / 30 years old 42.6%
Distilled in February 1988, this single cask bottling comes from the Bunnahabhain distillery on Islay after 30 years of maturation under the careful eye of Douglas Laing & Co. Filled into a refill sherry butt, this is the classic Bunnahabhain style nutty, rich and fruity with sugar-coated pear drops, lime and peach to be found on the nose. ...
Bunnahabhain 'Adelphi' 2009 / 10 years old #90021 58.8%
This exceptional dark, ruby-coloured Bunnahabhain was matured in a first-fill sherry cask made from European oak, and it exemplifies the big, rich distillery style. The nose is big and striking, with lashings of nose-drying oak, molasses and Oxo cubes (beef stock), and further hearty notes of meat pie.A typical burnt toffee flavour develops, wit...