Bunnahabhain (pronounced boon-a-hav-un) is
sometimes referred to as "the Islay whisky without the Islay
character." The abnormally light (for an Islay) whisky owes
its character to the fact that the spring water is drawn before
it runs "over and through" the well-known Islay malt. This
quality is further enhanced by the distillery practice of
taking only a very narrow cut from the second distillation.
The distinctive oiliness of the Bunnahabhain malt is due to
the short-necked stills utilized. It could be accurately said
that Bunnahabhain was created from the geography upon which
it resides. The entire area was very remote and desolate.
Its founders quarried the stone for the buildings, constructed
a road over a mile long and built a pier. From these beginnings
the community, school and village hall grew up and around
it. A most interesting story, indeed.
12 year old
||Light and flowery.
A hit of the sea is also present.
||Light to medium,
with some oiliness
some sweetness and malt.
||Medium in length
and full. Some oiliness is present.