1989 Bunnahabhain - Cask 7719

1989 Bunnahabhain - Cask 7719

165.00

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 thedistillery, 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 7719

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 as will fresh fish, especially salmon or trout.

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Seafood with samphire, oysters, crab or lobster would also make a very good match. The linseed oil notes of this cask, with the touches of smoke, will also be complimented by lightly smoked fish.

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This whisky would also compliment top quality beef like Wagyu or Kobe.

 

Extended Tasting Notes

COLOUR

A light golden harvest straw colour.

NOSE

A mix of tropical fruits including mango and touches of banana intermingle with honey, vanilla and a mix of sweet meadow flowers. Lingering in the background is a hint of linseed oil.

PALATE

Honey and vanilla come through first followed quickly by the linseed oil, giving a harmonious balance. Then tropical fruits emerge on the mid-palate, intermingled with soft spices and pepper with very well-integrated oak.

FINISH

The honey persists for some time, to be succeeded by the spices, led by nutmeg. The very long finish ends with soft oak, white pepper and a touch of sweet smoke.