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.
Bunnahabhain Ceobanach (pronounced ‘kyaw-bin-och’), which means ‘smoky mist’ in Scots Gaelic, reflects the origins of Bunnahabhain, both the place and the single malt’s charming, complex character. Ceobanach is a copper gold liquid with an unusually rich, complex character marrying ex bourbon cask sweetness with intense Islay malt peatiness and subtle hints of the sea. As with all Bunnahabhain expressions, Ceobanach is unchill-filtered meaning that nothing is added or taken away, leaving the whisky exactly as nature intended. Bottled at 43% alc/vol.
NOSE: Intense and pungent, with hints of fragrant smoke and light tar, and creamy notes of sweet oak and seaweed.
PALATE: Sweet maltiness, then a lovely balance of a tangy smokiness and vanilla notes, blending mellow and smooth. There are also hints of white pepper, bitter orange, liquorice and sea salt.
FINISH: Lingers, with flavors of oatcake and sea salt once more – with a peppery sweet smoke undertone.