Bunnahabhain Stiùireadair

Bunnahabhain Stiùireadair

(0.75l, 46.3%)


8.2/10
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$47.99
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Ahoy there! The Bunna’ Boat has arrived!

Starting a distillery back in the nineteenth century came with its fair share of difficulties but none more so than for Bunnahabhain. After starting his career as a Whisky blender, William Robertson founded the distillery in 1881 in the most Northern part of Islay. Due to the virtually unlimited water access of the nearby Loch Staoinsha and great access to the sea for transportation, this really was a great location for making and distributing Scotch Whisky. It was, however, one of the most remote parts of a remote Scottish island. Boilers were blown off the beach during construction, a special road had to be built to access the distillery and even new houses 3-Year-Old nearby for the workforce. Despite the challenges, Bunnahabhain’s unique lightly Peated Islay Malt and strong connections to the sea, have seen the distillery survive and prosper until today.

Bunnahabhain has released this no-age Statement Scotch called Stiùireadair, which was an instant success. The word stands for Helmsman and the Whisky intends to pay homage to the sailors who have helped Bunnahabhain transport their Scotch to the mainland. Their distillery manager Andrew Brown describes it as a tribute to the sea that also stays true to the artisanal character of Bunnahabhain Scotch. The final spirit has all been matured at the distillery in a mixture of first-fill and second-fill Sherry casks before being bottled at 46.3%. Given the effort that has gone into keeping this distillery going, the least you could do is give this one a try. 
  • Category
  • Style
    Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Region
  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Alcohol
    46.3%
  • Distillery
  • Age
    NAS
  • Maturation
    First-fill and second-fill Sherry casks

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sherry
caramel
chocolate
hazelnuts
cinnamon
honey
seaweed
dried fruit
smoky
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Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most single malts are matured longer).

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Amber gold.

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Dried fruits, hazelnut with sweet notes of caramel.

Flavor / Palate / Taste
Cinnamon, honey and a hint of seaweed.

Finish
Light but long, chocolate and sherry flavors linger.

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Ratings & Reviews
NAOMI
NAOMI,
I'm not a Scotch drinker - but THIS! This is delicious! An awesome Scotch for a bourbon drinker! The perfect balance of sweetness with a hint on smoke! I love it!
 
Jeremy
Jeremy,
This is delicious, not as smoky as you'd expect from an Islay Scotch.
 
frank
frank,
nice balance of smoke and spice. a little longer in the cask would mellow this whiskey, but a great whiskey for the price
 
Dr
Dr,
Very Good !
 
Arnaud
Arnaud,
Really good tasting !
 
Sujoy
Sujoy,
Awesome But subtle peat! Great tasting Islay dram, my first foray with Bunnahabhain and looking forward to tasting more.
 
Henry
Henry,
Relatively smooth, but spicy. Wonderfully complex flavor, but balanced. No specific flavor overpowering anything else. Very tasty.
 
Dennis
Dennis,
Love it. I'd never indulged in sherry-cask scotch before, and now I'm hooked. So many wonderful flavors, with a smooth finish.
 
Jasson
Jasson,
Delicious. As a fan of sherry-cask scotch - I found this one to be very, very good. Not as complex as I thought it would be, but plenty enjoyable. More aggressive at the front, sweet and delicious. Finish is light. In its price-range, definitely the best if you like sherry-cask whisky. Try a bottle.
 
David
David,
One of my favorites in the price range. Taste a bit like chocolate in a good way
 
Sam
Sam,
This surprised the heck out of me. The original description said “ lightly plated”. Which intrigued me because I hate peat but I might like “lightly prayed”. And I like!!! Fruit notes and nuts in the nose. Very slight heat at first sip when straight. Ad an ice cube and the heat disappears, Bringing out those fruity notes. Loved it.
 
Bruce
Bruce,
Smooth. Easy to drink. Good “every day” Scotch
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Well-developed and full of flavor. You get the sweetness of the Sherry, but still have that Islay “punch”. This just sings on my palate!
 
Joshua
Joshua,
Very strong caramel coming through early on. Otherwise not super exciting but still a very enjoyable drink
 
Blake
Blake,
This is very smooth and has a great after taste. The initial taste is subtle but then has a strong mixture of flavors that begin to appear.
 
Thomas
Thomas,
Best I’ve tasted. Full bodied and well balanced. Very drinkable.
 
Mark
Mark,
Seems to try to straddle the line between Islay smoke and Highland mild. Pleasant enough, but misses the mark for me. I’d prefer heavy peat or heather and honey, not an awkward blend of the two.
 
Lawrence
Lawrence,
Starts out sweet and ends smoky. Very interesting!
 
Ron
Ron,
Compared to the rest of the bunn’ label this is a bit disappointing but still a good scotch. Simple but not complex for the brand. Caramel but falls off on palette.
 
Cody
Cody,
Very smooth and complex. Mellow and a touch of spice. I really dig this scotch.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
I like it when Islay-distilleries release unpeated whisky, it often result in very good whisky. Just like the bruichladdich classic laddie this is just an very good unpeated Islay whisky.
 
John
John,
By this distillery's standards I found this one a little disappointing if still ok compared to single malts from, say, Speyside producers which I am less inclined to buy.
 
guest
guest,
Caol Ila 12 years
 
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