1989 Bunnahabhain - Cask 7714

1989 Bunnahabhain - Cask 7714

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One of only eight active distilleries in Islay, Bunnahabhain (pronounced Boon-a-havn), resides at the top of the island and is Islay’s most northerly distillery. 

Due to the remote location of the distillery, when it was founded in 1881 a mile long road had to be constructed up the cliff to make it accessible from Port Askaig, with housing erected nearby for the distillery workers. 

The name Bunnahabhain is Gaelic and means river mouth. Despite only being used in blends until 1979, Bunnahabhain has positioned itself as a premium Single Malt with its sweet and fruity character complimenting the lightly peated spirit. 

This exclusive Single Cask expression is a perfect representation of Traditional Bunnahabhain and an excellent way to start our Revival. 

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Distillery - Bunnahabhain

One of only eight active distilleries in Islay, Bunnahabhain (pronounced Boon-a-havn), resides at the top of the island and is Islay’s most northerly distillery. Due to the remote location of the distillery, when it was founded in 1881 a mile long road had to be constructed up the cliff to make it accessible from Port Askaig, with housing erected nearby for the distillery workers. The name Bunnahabhain is Gaelic and means river mouth. 

Despite only being used in blends until 1979, Bunnahabhain has positioned itself as a premium Single Malt with its sweet and fruity character complimenting the lightly peated spirit. This exclusive Single Cask expression is a perfect representation of Traditional Bunnahabhain and an excellent way to start our Revival.

 
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Cask Type

Bourbon Barrel - Cask Number 7714

Approximately 190 litres in size, bourbon barrels are sent over from America after they have been used to mature bourbon whiskey. Before they are used however, they are toasted or charred on the inside. This process caramelises the wood sugars and influences the spirit with distinctively sweet tastes such as caramel and vanilla.

Food Pairings

 
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Soft and mild cheeses such as Camembert or goats’ cheese will compliment this whisky perfectly.

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Fresh fish, especially salmon or trout. Seafood with samphire, oysters, crab or lobster would also make a very good match.

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The delicate sweet flavours will complement deserts such as crème brûlée, crème caramel or panna cotta.

 

Extended Tasting Notes

COLOUR

A light golden harvest straw colour.

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NOSE

A mix of tropical fruits including papaya and guava intermingle with honey, vanilla and a mix of sweet meadow flowers. 

PALATE

Honey comes through at first, swiftly followed by vanilla, meadow flowers and honeysuckle. There are very well-integrated oaky notes and touches of soft spice including nutmeg and light allspice. 

FINISH

Honey and allspice hold the fort for quite a while before the oak and nutmeg take over to give a long, smooth finish.