Bunnahabhain Distillery

Owning Company: The Highland Distilleries Co Plc
Production Status: Operational
Established: 1883
Source: River Margadale, Local Springs
Location: Situated towards the North East tip of Islay

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The Distillery
Bunnahabhain (meaning 'mouth of the river') shares its name with the village that grew up around it. In effect, development of the distillery created a community dependent upon it for employment. In doing so, an entire village emerged, complete with schoolhouse and village hall. Prior to the building of the distillery, the adjacent area was inhospitable and uninhabited.

The Distillery Today
Bunnahabhain was designed from the start as a high-output malt distillery. Built round a courtyard, in a style that resembles a Bordeaux chateau, the distillery today is little changed.

The Whisky
Bunnahabhain's water is piped from streams in the surrounding hills and is therefore less peaty than might be expected. It is described as being sweeter than the other Islays, with a smooth initial palate and long full finish. Lighter than the Islay style, with a full round flavour. A popular after-dinner dram.

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Bunnahabhain | Lagavulin | Laphroaig | Port Ellen

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