Bunnahabhain distillery was founded in 1881, and is located on the north shore of Islay. The name Bunnahabhain can be translated from Gaelic as “the river mouth”. Islay whiskys are well known for their peaty, smoky character, but Bunnahabhain malts are usually less peaty and very well balanced.
Gordon & MacPhail are one of the biggest and oldest independent bottlers in Scotland, and have been a family run business since 1895. They source the best barrels on the market to age the spirit from various distilleries, and all of their offerings are of tremendous quality. They are also owners of the Benromach distillery – the smallest distillery in Speyside, but one that is famous for producing one of the best artisan single malt Scotch whiskys.
After a crossing on the rough seas, Bunnahabhain 8 Year Gorgon & MacPhail welcoming nature is a joy. Unlike the typical, heavily-peated, smoke-filled malts of Islay, this dram embodies the island’s more approachable side. Bottled at 43% alc/vol.
NOSE: Salty and sweet with an underlying smokiness. Cured meat aromas with cooking apples and dried figs, with hints of strawberry and mango. Salty sea air aroma with bonfire embers.
PALATE: Smoky and sweet initially on the palate, with melon and apricot flavors and a milk chocolate edge, green apples with a touch of aniseed.
FINISH: Dried walnuts and cigar ash flavors linger.