The Bunnahabhain distillery (Scottish Gaelic: Bun na h-Abhainne meaning "Mouth of the River") was founded in 1881 near Port Askaig, and is one of the nine remaining distilleries active in Islay today. Compared to its neighbours Ardbeg and Laphroaig, Bunnahabhain is characterized by milder peat, although heavily peated bottlings (Staoisha or Margadale) are also available.
This rare bottling for US indie bottler K&L under their Faultline series was distilled in 1989, matured in a single first fill sherry hogshead #230002 for 28 years before being bottled in 2017. With regards to the vintage, this was what the bottlers had to say, "1989 was an unusual year for Bunnahabhain. Something unusual happened that year, as a significant number of old casks from the vintage have turned out malt whisky at considerably lower proof than is typical. Perhaps they’d procured an excess number of casks that vintage and decided to fill at lower proof or maybe all the stuff we’re seeing today was stored in EXTREMELY humid conditions, thereby encouraging the evaporation at a higher rate. We may never know why these whiskies are so different from other vintages, but its obvious after tasting several that something special was going on. The heights achieved here are totally unique and deliver an experience unlike any other. Fill that into a fresh sherry hogshead and you’ve got what is likely one of the most interesting cask we’ve ever bottled."
Size: 75 cl
Fill level: Good
With box?: No