Bunnahabhain distillery

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Bunnahabhain
Bunnahabhain Distillery.jpg
Region: Islay
LocationIslay
Founded1881
No. of stills2 wash (30,000 litres)
2 spirit (15,000 litres) [1]
Location map
Map of distilleries on Islay

The Bunnahabhain Distillery (Scottish Gaelic: Taigh-staile Bun na h-Abhainne, [t̪əˈs̪t̪alə punəˈhavɪɲ]) was founded in 1881 near Port Askaig on Islay. The village of Bunnahabhain was founded to house its workers.

Initially the distillery was owned by the Islay Distillery Company, but in 1887 it was taken over by the Highland Distilleries Company.[2]

It closed in 1981 but was opened in 1984 when demand picked up.[3]

Since 2014 the distillery has been owned by Distell[4] and is one of ten active distilleries on the island.

The Bunnahabhain is one of the milder single malt Islay whiskies available and its taste varies greatly from other spirits to be found on the island of Islay, off the west coast of Scotland.

The name Bunnahabhain is an anglicisation of Bun na h-Abhainne, Scottish Gaelic for Mouth of the River.[5][6]

Managers[edit]

  • James Falconer from 1902 [7] (formerly manager of the Scapa distillery)
  • Bob Gordon - late 1970s
  • Douglas Eccles - there in 1985
  • Sandy Lawtie - 1985 - 1989
  • Hamish Proctor - 1989 - 1998
  • John MacLellan - 1998-2009
  • Andrew Brown - 2011-present

Products[edit]

Bunnahabhain Distillery logo

Core products include:

  • Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old[8]
  • Bunnahabhain 18 Year Old[9]
  • Bunnahabhain Toiteach[10]
  • Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old[11]

There are several independent bottler releases from these brands, including That Boutique-y Whisky Company, Douglas Laing & Co, and Duncan Taylor.

Empty casks at Bunnahabhain distillery

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bunnahabhain on Whisky.com
  2. ^ "Commercial Items". Dundee Courier. Scotland. 18 October 1888. Retrieved 28 August 2021 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  3. ^ "Distillery on Islay to Reopen". Aberdeen Press and Journal. Scotland. 4 November 1983. Retrieved 28 August 2021 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  4. ^ "Distell buys Scottish whisky distiller". Retrieved 2014-12-30.
  5. ^ "LearnGaelic - Dictionary". learngaelic.scot. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  6. ^ "Bunnahabhain". www.ainmean-aite.scot. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  7. ^ "Commercial Items". Aberdeen Press and Journal. Scotland. 22 October 1902. Retrieved 28 August 2021 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  8. ^ Bunnahabhain 12 Years on Whisky.com
  9. ^ Bunnahabhain 18 Years on Whisky.com
  10. ^ Bunnahabhain 10 Years Toiteach on Whisky.com
  11. ^ Bunnahabhain 25 Years on Whisky.com

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 55°53′00″N 6°07′35″W / 55.883230°N 6.126261°W / 55.883230; -6.126261