Gordon & MacPhail Bunnahabhain 8 Year Old
  • Category Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Region Islay
  • Distillery Bunnahabhain
  • Age 8 Year Old
  • Style Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Alcohol 43%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • smoky
  • chocolate
  • caramel
  • vanilla
  • apricot
  • fire
  • malty
  • sweet
  • honey

Gordon & MacPhail

Bunnahabhain 8 Year Old (0.7l, 43%)
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Character Goatson
A mouthful name that stands for a mouthful of exaltation.

Bunnahabhain (pronounced the same way Ewan McGregor would say Guten Tag), which of course means "mouth of the river" in Gaelic, found its home on the remote briny coast of the remote Scottish island of Islay. It’s the most northern distillery, which should be enough for them to be knighted the King of the North (of Islay). The distillery was founded by William Robertson and the Greenlees Brothers in 1881. After a few difficulties that included the gale blowing two perfectly good boilers into the ocean, the first bottle of Scotch was filled in 1883.

Unfortunately, the distillery was closed in the year when E.T. came out, but they reopened it in 2002 with new plans and a twinkle in their eye. What’s their secret? Their source of water, which is the cool spring in the Margadale hills. When you taste their Whiskies, it’s like being on a boat: the smell of the sea and a whiff of peat smoke. Don’t tell a soul or this is not a secret any longer.

To experience all that jazz, one needs to taste the 8 year single malt. It’s like sitting by the fireplace in a stone cottage battered by a storm (the cottage is battered, not the fireplace, god forbid). Now this bad boy should be enjoyed either around Christmas for its smoky ember taste or maybe in the early evenings, but you are a goddamn grown-up and you can revel in this creamy dessert of chocolatey-tobaccoesque savor any time you please. This single malt Scotch is watered down to 43% and it's on the brink of being a handful. It teases us by putting one foot over the ledge, but it holds tight and tastes amazing doing it. Compared to its Islay compatriots, it's in a group of more gentle Whiskies. It's like Don Draper to a Tony Soprano; it won't punch you, but you can tell it's complex and flavorful. 
  • Category Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Region Islay
  • Distillery Bunnahabhain
  • Age 8 Year Old
  • Style Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Alcohol 43%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
Appearance / Color
Honey, pale ginger. 

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Malt, chocolate, peat, vanilla. 

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Smoky, sweet, apricot, malt, toffee. 

Finish
Medium, smoky, lurking burn.
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  • smoky
  • chocolate
  • caramel
  • vanilla
  • apricot
  • fire
  • malty
  • sweet
  • honey
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
First-class Whiskies are taxed not only by the state but also by the angels. This refers to the 4% of Whisky that evaporates from the barrels every year, a phenomenon known as the angel’s share.
Blended Whiskies are the result of years of craftsmanship and dedication. A master blender does not simply wake up one day with a profound ability to create a cohesive and enjoyable liquid. From nosing the liquid to working out quantities of each different grain and malt to go into the blend, a master blender can take years, if not decades, to train.
90% of all Scotch Whisky released in the market is a blend. That’s a hell of a lot.
Beer and malt Whisky seem to have quite a bit in common. Both drinks begin with malted barley, which deliver the enzymes and sugars needed for fermentation when steeped in hot water. The two go their separate ways at the wash stage, where they're fermented or aged to become the adult beverages you know and love.
Is Scotch always Scottish? What do you think? Yes. The answer is yes.
It yielded 750 bottles, to the delight of fans and collectors around the world, with a special presentation box and artwork to celebrate. This is one of our favorite stories of all the distilleries we have surveyed.
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
First-class Whiskies are taxed not only by the state but also by the angels. This refers to the 4% of Whisky that evaporates from the barrels every year, a phenomenon known as the angel’s share.
Blended Whiskies are the result of years of craftsmanship and dedication. A master blender does not simply wake up one day with a profound ability to create a cohesive and enjoyable liquid. From nosing the liquid to working out quantities of each different grain and malt to go into the blend, a master blender can take years, if not decades, to train.
90% of all Scotch Whisky released in the market is a blend. That’s a hell of a lot.
Beer and malt Whisky seem to have quite a bit in common. Both drinks begin with malted barley, which deliver the enzymes and sugars needed for fermentation when steeped in hot water. The two go their separate ways at the wash stage, where they're fermented or aged to become the adult beverages you know and love.
Is Scotch always Scottish? What do you think? Yes. The answer is yes.
It yielded 750 bottles, to the delight of fans and collectors around the world, with a special presentation box and artwork to celebrate. This is one of our favorite stories of all the distilleries we have surveyed.
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