Situated at the end of a narrow, long and winding road to the far north-east of the island, with only passing places for oncoming traffic, makes you wonder how the many distillery lorries make it here.
In times gone by the journey was made by the old ‘puffer’ boats like other distilleries., bringing malted barley and returning precious malt whisky. Built in 1881 it currently produces about a million litres of whisky annually. Not peaty like the southern Kildalton distilleries, more heather, herbs and honey notes.
All the whisky produced is aged in the salty sea air, and rain-soaked warehouses which many believe adds to the flavour of the whisky.
Bunnahabhain has a selection of expressions available; Bunnahabhain Ages 12 Year Old, 18 Year Old, 25 Year Old, 40 Year Old, Bunnahabhain Ceòbanach, Bunnahabhain Eirigh Na Greine and Bunnahabhain Toiteach
Visiting the distillery is an experience just getting there. With stunning views over the Sound of Islay, along a narrow winding track into the wilderness of Islay, it feels remote and peaceful.
Tours are available from a standard distillery with a dram of 12 Year Old at £7 to a tasting tour at £25 with three single casks and a self filled bottle at the end. Or you could go for the full monty at £100 which includes four expression tastings with the distillery manager on an in-depth detailed tour.
Have look at some of the Bunnahabhain whiskies available at our shop.