Wednesday, August 26, 2015


Bunnahabhain has today announced the launch of Hogshead 733, a collaboration with contemporary artists Maxime Berthou and Mark Po┼żlep to produce the first ever whisky finished in casks made from a former fishing boat.

The two men have embarked on an epic 733 mile sailing quest which will see them battle the high seas from Trebeurden in Brittany, all the way to Bunnahabhain Distillery on Islay. Inspired by adventure, craftsmanship and love of whisky, Maxime and Mark have spent the last two years painstakingly restoring a wooden, Brittany fishing vessel from 1941 back to its former glory.

Bunnahabhain Hogshead 733 to be finished in casks made from a former fishing boat

Bunnahabhain is steeped in seafaring history, with the whisky’s iconic Helmsman and his maritime stories having inspired the brand for generations.

Set to arrive in Islay at the end of September, the journey will not stop there. Soaked with adventures and the salty sea water, the oak boat will be dismantled and carefully crafted into handmade whisky casks.

Commenting on the news, Alison Gibb, Global Marketing Manager at Burn Stewart said: “We are really excited to announce the Hogshead 733 collaboration with Maxime and Mark. Bunnahabhain, with its rich tradition of nautical tales, makes us a natural partner for the project. We wish them lots of luck on their journey and look forward to welcoming them at Bunnahabhain Distillery.”  

The casks will be filled with Bunnahabhain and then finished before being bottled and sold as Bunnahabhain Hogshead 733.

Posted by Steve Rush