The Distillery

The Bunnahabhain distillery was built in 1881 at what was an otherwise isolated area of Islay. The area was so desolate in fact that a whole village, with the same name, was built in order to house the workers from the distillery.

Bunnahabhain has had a number of owners over the years, most notably it changed hands in 2003, from Edrington to Burn Stewart, a group which is now owned by the South African Distell group.

Bunnahabhain is one of the milder Islay malts, with peated malts only produced for a short period each year. The standard style of this whisky would be an unpeated sherried dram, with notes of sweet dried fruits and a chocolaty smooth sweetness. It has a full range of age and non age statement whiskies being released from the distillery, all of which are rather delicious.

If you like Islay malt, and if you like your whisky mild then we at the Whisky Foundation have got you covered. The Bunnahabhain independently bottled expressions that we stock are an absolute joy to look at and a pleasure to drink.

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This excellent Bunnahabhain 15 Year Old is quite different from most whiskies you will find from the famous Islay distillery – it’s heavily peated. Most Bunnahabhain whiskies are known to be lightly peated, unlike expressions from many of the other distilleries dotted around Scotland’s most popular whisky island. Matured in hogshead casks, before being bottled […]

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Distilled at Islay’s famous Bunnahabhain distillery in 2002, this excellent 17 Year Old was then matured in a top quality American Oak Cask before being bottled by Single & Single Whisky in 2020.  It’s a rich, fruity dram that has plenty to explore, including aromas of toffee sauce and milk chocolate before fresh seasonal raspberries, […]

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This Bunnahabhain 27 Year Old was distilled on Islay in 1989 and then bottled by famous Scottish bottler Hunter Laing. Both the distillery and the bottler have a reputation for being master of their craft so you can be sure that this single cask whisky is an absolute delight. More from Hunter Laing More from […]

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This excellent Bunnahabhain 28 Year Old was distilled on Islay 1990 and matured in a refill hogshead cask before being bottled at cask strength by indie bottler, Thompson Bros. It brings rich fruit, melted candle wax, vanilla custard and gentle orange peel on the nose, followed by more fruits, salted caramel and sticky dates on […]

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2018 Bunnahabhain 30 Year Old This exquisite Bunnahabhain 30 Year Old is one of the latest releases in Douglas Laing’s “Xtra Old Particular” (XOP) series. Known as a lighter, earthier Islay whisky, Bunnahabhain is the distillery for those that aren’t huge fans of heavily peated drams. This particular expression was matured in a single refill […]

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This Bunnahabhain 40 Year Old is the pinnacle of the distillery’s range. Created from casks hand-selected by the Master Blender, it’s a rich, complex and deep whisky that an incredible range of notes to your nose and palate. This is a small batch whisky and one that is hard to find on the market today. […]

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For this exciting whisky, the Bunnahabhain distillery have taken inspiration from the days when they would produce a heavily peated spirit. Ceobanach translates to “smoky spirit” and that’s exactly what we have here. Citrus fruits mingle with gentle spices, freshly cut grass, sweet oak and delicious helpings of peat smoke that build throughout.

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