Bunnahabhain (Black Bottle)

The Bunn’s no looker, but you can drink her pretty in no time

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Type: Islay

Known for: a lot of flavour, very little peat

And: being the spiritual home of the Black Bottle Islay blend



Bunnahabhain Distillery, Port Askaig, Isle of Islay PA46 7RR. 01496 840646

Welcome to the unpronounceable distillery. If the name over the door wasn’t a mouthful enough (it’s bonn-a-havven in case you wondering), wait until you start tucking into the special editions.

The Darach Ur comes out almost as it’s spelt as long as you give the ending more ‘uurgh’, than ‘ure’, but the Toiteach even confuses Bunnahabhain staff. Give or take, it’s ‘Torch-shack’ although as manager Andrew Brown says, “pronunciation on that one’s debatable”.

However, should you head to Bunnahabhain you are guaranteed of two things. Firstly, that the winding narrow road that plummets across the hills to the Bunn is better than most rollercoasters, and secondly that the whisky from the distillery is Islay but not as you were expecting. Because peat is light on the menu at Bunnahabhain. You can find it if you want, but most of the range is unpeated with fragrant spice and plenty of long warmth.

There are some real gems to be found in here however you make the journey, be it by road or by bottle.

Buy Bunnahabhain Scotch whisky from:

The Drink Shop

Master of Malt

The Whisky Exchange

Buy Black Bottle Scotch whisky from:

Master of Malt

Whisky Online

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