Bunnahabhain Distillery sits on the Island of Islay and has been producing whisky since 1881.
It is currently owned by Burn Stewart Distillers, subsidiary of South African Distell Group, and equipped with two pairs of stills can produce 2.7 million liters of spirit per annum. Bunnahabhain has been a main component of Black Bottle blended whisky, its sales as single malt are far behind such powerful brands as Laphroaig or Lagavulin, but they doubled within last five years. The 2017 Signatory bottling, part of Cask Strength Collection, contains whisky distilled on October 23, 1989 (when Bunnahabhain was owned by Highland Distillers) and aged in two hogsheads, no. 5858 and 5859. Bottled on October 11, 2017 at natural strength of 48.7% abv with an outrun of 250 bottles.
Nose: fruity and slightly waxy, apples, gooseberries, bananas, lemons, bunch of dried flowers, hay, dash of pepper, whiff of sea breeze and fading hint of smoke.
Palate: smooth, fruity with pleasant herbal note, apples, green grapes, lemon peel, lemon grass, white pepper, salted nuts and little oak in the background.
Finish: pretty long, with notes of pepper, hay, lemon peel, oak and distant whiff of sea breeze.