Bunnahabhain — which means ‘mouth of the river’ in Gaelic, stands at the mouth of the Margadale Spring on the shores of the Sound of Islay. It first came into existence in 1883, however its origins can be traced back four years earlier when, in 1879, William Robertson of Robertson and Baxter Blending House, joined with the Greenlees Brothers to create the Islay Distillery Company. And so, with the distillery built on a site close to the Margadale River, in 1883 Bunnahabhain was born.
As the original member of their core range, Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old holds a special place in the distillers' hearts. First launched in 1979, the Bunnahabhain 12 year old has endured almost 40 years, thanks to the passion and dedication of the distillery team.
Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old has set the tone and the benchmark for the rest of the range – only the best will do. A combination of sherry, bourbon and whisky re-fill casks are chosen to achieve the perfect balance of the characteristic nutty and sherry flavours of Bunnahabhain.
The 12 Year Old is russet gold in colour with aromas that are fresh and aromatic, fruity yet floral with hints of dried fruit and a subtle prevalence of smoke. The flavours are light with fruit notes, nutty flavours as well as sweetness and slight hints of vanilla and caramel. This whisky lingers on the palate and is beautifully rich and full-bodied.