Matured on the remote, north-eastern coastline of Islay, and produced using pure spring water from the Margadale River, the 12-Year-Old Cask Strength is an undiluted celebration of the distillery’s hugely popular Bunnahabhain 12-Year-Old expression.
For years, visitors making the pilgrimage to Bunnahabhain have been enjoying drams straight from the cask in the famous, Warehouse 9, so now fans from all over the world will be able to recreate this privilege at home.
When people embark on a journey to Islay and try our whiskies straight from the cask, it creates so much joy. But we understand that not everyone is able to make the trip. With this limited edition 12-Year-Old Cask Strength, we can give people around the world the chance to experience it themselves.
Not all whiskies work at cask strength and many whiskies don’t stand up to full maturation in sherry casks. Bottling our 12 Year Old at cask strength intensifies the core characteristics of spice, cracked black pepper, cinnamon but not at the expense of our spirit’s character. In fact, it enhances it. The mouthfeel and texture of the whisky increase and it shows off the balance of the spirit and the wood but in a more concentrated form.
This really represents Bunnahabhain in a bottle.
– Brendan McCarron: Bunnahabhain’s Master Distiller
The 2021 edition is bottled at 55.1% ABV – compared to the 46.3% of the core 12-Year-Old single malt – the Bunnahabhain 12-Year-Old Cask Strength will be available in nine international markets and can be enjoyed neat or with a few drops of water to encourage more floral scents, followed by caramel and vanilla on the palate.
COLOUR: Deep russet gold
NOSE: Dark berries, citrus and toasted oak which gradually transitions to sweet vanilla and a hint of cinnamon spice.
PALATE: Creamy chocolate, sherry-soaked fruit and a balanced nuttiness give way to cloves, nutmeg and a subtle sea salt spray.
FINISH: A lingering sweet finish with cherries and a touch of wood spice.
Bunnahabhain, pronounced Bunn-na-ha-venn, meaning mouth of the river in Scots Gaelic, is the most remote distillery on Islay, nestled in Bunnahabhain Bay on the shores of the Sound of Islay. It is world-famous for its unpeated malts, going against the grain of the whisky which the island is usually recognised for, as well as its sherried single malts.