Bunnahabhain Single Malts

One of the rarest whiskies in the world

Bunnahabhain’s single malts are un-chillfiltered, which is a return to the way whisky was made at Bunnahabhain many years ago. By not chill-filtering the whiskies, no flavours are taken away or added, and the whisky retains all of its depth of flavour, aromas, colours and character.

The eagerly awaited Bunnahabhain 40-year-old’s label features the maritime history of the distillery, illustrating the whisky’s journey over the past four decades, and is designed and signed by the renowned Scottish illustrator Iain McIntosh.

Bunnahabhain’s single malts are un-chillfiltered, which is a return to the way whisky was made at Bunnahabhain many years ago.

Bunnahabhain’s distillery is situated on the north-eastern tip of theIsle of Islay, world renowned for the whiskies produced there. And it was here in the warehouses dating back to 1881, that master distiller Ian MacMillan quite by accident discovered a number of forgotten casks when he noticed them on the distillery’s ledgers and went in search of these hidden gems. It was one of Ian’s most exhilarating moments of his career, spanning over 40 years, the same number of years the whisky quietly matured, when he stumbled upon this incredibly special find.

According to MacMillan, the whisky is one of the most unique in the world for a number of reasons. “Apart from the fact that the whisky spent four decades maturing, there are very few 40-year-old whiskies from Islay. In addition, Bunnahabhain is the only distillery on Islay not to use peated malted barley when crafting single malts and as a result, the fruity character of the whisky is more pronounced.Due to the close proximity to the sea of the warehouses where the casks are stored during maturation, a noticeable sea influence is evident in the finish.”

He adds that the taste of the Bunnahabhain 40-year-old mirrors the time it spent in wood. “It has fragrant notes of sweet oak, hazelnuts, citrus peel and chocolate, with hints of light smokiness on the nose. The taste is rich and complex, balanced by heather, honey, ginger, chocolate, sweet fruits with a spicy and nutty finish and a hint of sea salt.” 

This allows the gentle, subtle notes of the malts to come through, providing a purer taste, nose and appearance.

Bunnahabhain is available at fine whisky stores and outlets and retails for about R599 (12-year-old), R899 (18-year-old) and R2399 (25-year-old).