BUNNAHABHAIN DISTILLERY TAKES WHISKY LOVERS ON A NEW JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY – Scotch Whisky News

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BUNNAHABHAIN DISTILLERY TAKES WHISKY LOVERS ON A NEW JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY

Bunnahabhain 12 year old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky, from the Bunnahabhain Distillery on the isolated north-eastern tip of the Island of Islay, has been re-introduced as an un-chillfiltered spirit, a move which has excited whisky lovers and experts from across the world.

Bunnahabhain is the flagship malt Scotch whisky from Burn Stewart Distillers and is exported to over 30 countries globally.  The superior quality of the whisky is widely recognized with the brand consistently winning awards in international competitions.  Unlike its neighbouring distilleries on the Island, Bunnahabhain embodies “the gentle taste of Islay”, as it is not a typically heavily peated smoke filled Islay malt.

The process of chill-filtering removes some of the oily-fatty compounds produced during distillation or extracted in the maturation period.  It prevents the whisky, when in the bottle at an alcohol level below 46% abv, or when served, from becoming hazy when chilled.  Some whisky experts believe that chill-filtration removes some of the flavour and body from the whisky.  When un-chillfiltered, the dram retains a depth of flavour the filtration process would otherwise rob it of.

In line with Burn Stewart Distillers’ Master Blender, Ian MacMillan’s vision for all of the company’s malts to move the spirit to un-chillfiltered, the whisky now has a high strength of 46.3% alc with no colour added.  The packaging has been revised to compliment the new expression, the whisky will be contained within a smoked oak glass, replacing the traditional emerald green glassware, dual labeling and is now presented in a quality gift carton.

Ian MacMillan, Master Blender commented “Enjoying the experience of un-chillfiltered whisky allows you to enjoy the whisky as near natural as possible, with all the original flavours and aromas contained”.

Katherine Crisp, Brand Manager for Bunnahabhain said: “This new journey for Bunnahabhain is very exciting and allows us to offer the consumer a much richer, fuller flavoured Bunnahabhain.”

Tasting Notes – Bunnahabhain 12yo
Bunnahabhain is not a typical, heavily peated, smoke filled Islay – it embodies the ‘gentle taste of Islay’ making it an approachable, welcoming dram.
Nose
Fresh and aromatic with a little smoke prevalence
Palate
Light with fruit and nuts leading to a malty sweetness
Finish
Beautifully rich and full bodied, lingering on the tongue for a few moments

Notes:
• Chill-filtration is a process in which the whisky is chilled to near 0°C (32°F) and passed through a fine filter. It prevents the whisky from becoming hazy when chilled or when water or ice is added.  It is believed by many whisky enthusiasts that chill-filtration removes some of the flavour and body from the whisky.
• Bunnahabhain Distillery sits on the North East coast of the island of Islay.  It is open for tours Monday to Friday.

• Bunnahabhain Distillery was established in 1881.

• Bunnahabhain is known as ‘The Gentle Taste of Islay’

Visit Bunnahabhain Distillery at http://www.bunnahabhain.com/

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