The sought-after Bunnahabhain connoisseur range of single malt whiskies continues to impress spirits judges worldwide.
Bunnahabhain 25-year-old was recently highlighted as the best single malt whisky from the Scotch island of Islay by the judges of the prestigious 2018 World Whiskies Awards.
Late last year, Bunnahabhain was awarded the coveted Cask Strength Scotch Whisky Trophy for its 18-year-old single malt at the 2017 International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC).
Bunnahabhain has developed quite a following amongst whisky aficionados over the years, for the relative rarity of its whiskies and their singular flavour that is quite unlike the peaty, smoky malts traditionally associated with the island of Islay that is home to the Bunnahabhain distillery. Islay lies off the west coast of Scotland.
The distillery is the only one on the island which uses a natural spring water source and unpeated barley in the production of most of its malts, including its 12-, 18- and 25-year-old expressions that are sold in South Africa. Without the influence of the Islay peaty moors, these malts have an elegant complexity on the palate that sets them apart from their Islay counterparts.
They are also non-chillfiltered in a return to a very traditional technique that gives rise to a rich depth of colour, aroma and flavour – as natural as when they come out of the cask. The range is curated by senior blender, Dr Kirstie McCallum.
Bunnahabhain, founded in 1881, in pronounced Bŭ-na-ha-venn and means mouth of the river in Scots Gaelic, referring to the Margadale River that flows close by.
Stocked in South Africa by specialty whisky outlets such as Norman Goodfellows and Whisky Brother in Hyde Park Corner in Johannesburg, the price of Bunnahabhain ranges from R750 to R1 500 to R5 000 for its 12-, 18- and 25-year-old whiskies respectively.
COLOUR: Amber golden.
NOSE: Sweet caramel dessert aromas with subtle suggestions of oak and polished leather. TASTE: Sweet berries and cream progress into roasted nut and malt.
FINISH: Soft yet dry, with a sense of lingering flavours of sugar and spiced oak.
Bunnahabhain 12-, 18-year-old single malts will be offered for tasting at the upcoming Whisky Live Celebrations tasting event at The Lookout at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town from 12 to 14 April.
South Africa’s own Master of the Quaich, Pierre Meintjes (aka ‘Mr Whisky’) and whisky expert Brian Glass, representing Bunnahabhain at the show, will be delighting whisky lovers with captivating whisky tales, beautifully intertwined with the facts, to provide an all-encompassing single malt whisky experience.
For more information on Bunnahabhain, visit the website: http://www.bunnahabhain.com.