Founded in 1881, Bunnahabhain (pronounced "BOO-na-HAven") Distillery is situated along the banks of the Sound of Islay in the Inner Herbidies archipelago. For over a generation, the distillery was only accessible by sea, and a large port, costing approximately £3,500 pounds at the time, was constructed in order to allow ships to unload barley and yeast near the distillery and load finished casks of whisky. While technological improvements have made it easier to get to the distillery over the last century, little has changed in terms of Bunnahabhain's distillation process.
On the nose, aromas of salted caramel leading to sticky toffee pudding sprinkled with nutmeg open upon pouring. With time a leathery quality emerges. Flavors are dense, rich sherried notes perk up with a coastal saltiness. On a second wave, roast chestnuts emerge and gentle wood spice. Woodspice becomes mixed spice on the finish, which is warming and lengthy; salt and sherry towards the very end.
This makes a great gift for the scotch connoisseur in your life.