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Bunnahabhain is one of the few unpeated Islay whiskies, founded all the way back in 1883 in the village of the same name on the north-east coast of the island. But let’s start with how to pronounce it! First off, the distillery is pronounced ‘boo-na-harv-en’, and Stiùireadair is pronounced ‘stew-rahdur’, which means ‘helmsman’ in Scottish Gaelic.
Stiùireadair pays homage to the rugged, dramatic shoreline that the distillery calls home,
combining the coastal, savoury whisky with both first- and second-fill ex-sherry casks. While peat smoke typically defines Islay whisky for most people, this shows a gentler side to the island, brought out and balanced by the fruity, nuttier notes from the maturation. It’s all sea spray, toasted nuts, and dried fruit in this one!
Red berry and dried fruit sweetness leads into savoury, oily brine, spiced milk chocolate, white pepper, and walnut
A pinch of sea salt, with bittersweet mocha, caramelised nuts, and lots of cinnamon, with sweet dried fig
Oak spiciness lingers alongside orange peel, chocolate raisins, malt biscuits, and sea spray