Bunnahabhain Stiùireadair

Bunnahabhain Stiùireadair

(0.75l, 46.3%)

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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
  • Distillery
  • Age
  • Maturation
    First-fill and second-fill Sherry casks

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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.

Light but long, chocolate and sherry flavors linger.
Ratings & Reviews
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.
Starts out sweet and ends smoky. Very interesting!
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.
Very smooth and complex. Mellow and a touch of spice. I really dig this scotch.
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.
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.
Caol Ila 12 years
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