Bunnahabhain 1979

Sherry cask #7405 @ 50% Volume
Islay single cask, single malt

scotchwhisky.com, Batch 38

Review by Dave Broom – 8.0/10
Flavour Camp: Fruity & Spicy
Nose: A little closed to start with, but then there’s some sandalwood and vetiver, along with a steady build of sweetness, which in turn leads to First Flush Darjeeling, orange peel and finally, primed canvas. It’s a little hot. With water, there’s some distant toffee and just a little hint of candle wax.
Palate: A sweet enough start which is quite hay-like, then comes peanut brittle and the distillery’s characteristic sweet ginger. This builds and moves into Muscovado sugar, then Seville orange. With time and a little water, there’s more rancio elements.
Finish: Medium length and slightly drying.
Conclusion: All very well-mannered with this gentle elegance.
Right Place, Right Time: Sitting in a railway car listening to Cary Grant talk. 

Lombard Tasting


Smoky nose leads to fruity undertones. Smooth initial palate with a distinctive light oiliness, perhaps minty toffee. Finish is long with smoky notes. 

Distillery Information

Translation from Gaelic means “rivermouth”. Bunnahabhain (pronounce Bu-na-ha-venn) is a ‘gentle’ Islay malt and is a high output distillery. Established 1881 in a stunning location overlooking a narrow belt of water (the Sound of Islay) the distillery holds a magnificent view of Jura and its famous hills, the “Paps of Jura”. Bunnahabhain is the most northern Islay distillery and is just north from Port Askaig. Bunnahabhain operates with 4 large onion shaped stills and produces a soft, light style malt – this originates from the very lightly peated malted barley and lack of peat in the water. Bunnahabhain sources its spring water from the Margadale Spring where it is trapped after rising through limestone. The water is then transported by pipeline to the distillery, thus avoiding the water running through the peat-beds. The whisky shows floral, fruity tones and a distinct light oiliness. Bunnahabhain is unique to the other Islay malts. Held in high regard by blenders, the malt is used in the Famous Grouse and Black Bottle blends. Recommend as an aperitif.