Islay’s Bunnahabhain 25 year old, in the space of just two weeks, has augmented its already impressive list of accolades. It has just claimed gold and best in class at the International Wine and Spirit Competition for the second successive year, along with gold at the International Spirits Challenge. Both events, acknowledged globally as leading competitive forums for spirits, were held in July in London.
At the same time the 12 year took gold at the International Wine and Spirits Competition and silver at the International Spirits Challenge whilst the 18 year old received silver medals at both these prestigious competitions.
According to Bunnahabhain spokesperson, Brian Glass, these latest wins indicate an appreciation for Bunnahabhain’s subtle peat flavour and fruity, floral characteristics. “Whereas Islay is renowned for producing whiskies with pronounced peaty and maritime characteristics, Bunnahabhain single malts show a gentler profile that is clearly very attractive to whisky lovers the world over.”
Produced on the southern Hebridean island off the west coast of Scotland, Bunnahabhain is able to express a more subtle character thanks to the use of unpeated malted barley, as well as the pure spring water that flows freely underground away from the peaty moorlands.
Bunnahabhain takes its name from the Scottish Gaelic word for “mouth of the river”. Founded in 1881 at the remote north-eastern tip of Islay, close to the Margadale River, its single malts are made by master distiller Ian MacMillan, who has over 30 years’ experience.
The 12-year old offers a wonderfully fresh and aromatic experience, its palate opening with notes of fruit and nuts that lead onto a malty sweetness to end in a rich, lingering finish. It is distinguished from the 18-year old, with its fragrant nose of honeyed nuts, subtle sea-induced salty tang and wafts of toffee and leather balanced by sweet oak spice and sherry on the palate. The 25-year old announces itself with a sweet aroma of caramel and flavours of berries and cream, balanced by roasted nuts and malt, ending in a tantalising dry finish.
The Bunnahabhain 12 year old retails for about R460, the 18 year for R710 and the 25 year old for R1 800 per 750ml bottle. For more information please visit http://www.bunnahabhain.com.
Notes to the editor
Bunnahabhain belongs to the portfolio of Burn Stewart Distillers, integrated Scotch whisky producer and brand owner with a portfolio of leading whisky brands, including Black Bottle. Burn Stewart is owned by CL WorldBrands, the UK-based global drinks group with distribution networks in Europe, the US and Far East. Distell is in a joint venture with the company that also involves distributing a selection of its whiskies in sub-Saharan Africa.
DATE 29 July 2009
ISSUED BY DKC (DE KOCK COMMUNICATIONS)
FOR BUNNAHABHAIN SINGLE MALT
QUERIES BRIAN GLASS, DISTELL (021) 809 7000
LINDA CHRISTENSEN, DKC (021) 4222690