Bunnahabhain (pronounced "boona-hah-ven") is arguably the most remote Islay distillery. To get there you need to traverse an amazing winding coastal path with the paps of Jura as a backdrop. It is also the most un-Islay of the Islay whiskies, being lightly-peated (although they also do heavily-peated versions). A few years ago, their range was relaunched by owners Burn Stewart at a higher strength and un-chill filtered and meant this “new” range was more rugged and “aggressive”, although this beautiful whisky is anything but aggressive.
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Moist fruitcake. Sherry. Dates. Sultanas. Lemon. Oak. The clarity of the sherry is stunning!
Palate: Rich and voluptuous. The sherry isn’t so strong as to hide the citrus and fruit underneath. A healthy nip of oak to accompany the vanilla and citrus finish.
Retails for around £70-75