THE MACPHAIL'S COLLECTION from Bunnahabhain Distillery HEAVILY PEATED, 8 YEARS OLD, STRENGTH 43%
COLOUR: Pale Gold.
BODY: Medium FINISH: Medium and smoky.
CASK TYPE: Refill Sherry Butts.
STYLE: Light Islay Dram.
AROMA WITHOUT WATER: Salty and sweet with an underlying smokiness. Cured meat aromas with cooking apples and dried figs.
TASTE WITHOUT WATER: Smoky and sweet initially on the palate, with melon and apricot flavours and a milk chocolate edge.
AROMA WITH WATER: Sweet with hints of strawberry and mango. Salty sea air aroma with bonfire embers.
TASTE WITH WATER: Green apples with a touch of aniseed. Dried walnuts and cigar ash flavours linger.
REGION: ISLAY STATUS: OPERATIONAL OWNER: BURN STEWART DISTILLERS LTD FOUNDED: 1881 LOCATION: PORT ASKAIG. WATER SOURCE: RIVER MARGADALE Bunnahabhain Distillery was designed from the start as a high-output malt distillery. Built round a courtyard, in a style that resembles a Bordeaux chateau, the distillery today is little changed. It amalgamated with William Grant and Sons in 1887 to become part of the Highland Distillers group. During 1963 the number of stills were increased from 2 to 4. Bunnahabhain (meaning 'mouth of the river') shares its name with the village that grew up around it. In effect, development of the distillery created a community dependent upon it for employment. In doing so, an entire village emerged.