Wednesday, November 05, 2014


Bunnahabhain has announced the launch of a new limited edition release, inspired by life on Islay in the 1800s.

Ceòbanach (46.3%ABV) which takes its name from Scots Gaelic for ‘smoky mist’ reflects the origins of Bunnahabhain, both the place and the single malt’s charming, complex character.

Bunnahabhain Ceòbanach

Bunnahabhain Master Distiller, Ian MacMillan, took his inspiration from life on Islay in the 1800s, when the community was dependant on peat for warmth, fuel and trade. A time when smoke from the open fires mingled with the salty sea air to create a ‘smoky mist’ you could taste.

Perfected and nurtured by Ian MacMillan for over 10 years, the new expression contains layers of flavour, evocative of time past yet reflecting the heart of Bunnahabhain today.

The lemon gold liquid has an unusually rich, complex character marrying ex bourbon cask sweetness with intense Islay malt peatiness and subtle hints of the sea. As with all Bunnahabhain expressions, Ceòbanach is unchill-filtered meaning that nothing is added or taken away, leaving the whisky exactly as nature intended.

Commenting on the new release, Ian MacMillan said: “With the new millennium I decided to turn back the clock and recreate the original Bunnahabhain. I have spent a decade regularly monitoring, nosing and tasting these whiskies as they matured. I always envisaged that this product would be perfect around 10 years old and I certainly have not been disappointed. Although we could never fully replicate the original style of spirit produced at Bunnahabhain, Ceòbanach is as close as we could possibly hope for.”

Bunnahabhain Ceòbanach will be available globally through specialist retailers for a RRP of £59.99.

Source: Stripe Communications