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Bunnahabhain Distillery - pronounce Boon-a-havn, is situated in the north of Islay, around eight miles north of Port Askaig on the shore of the Sound of Islay. The name Bunnahabhain is Gaelic and means river mouth. A visit to the distillery will reveal the river running just north of the distillery, which also happens to be a great spot for a wee walk, for different views of the distillery itself, and it offers a nice view towards the Paps of Jura.
Bunnahabhain Distillery was built in 1880/1881 by a partnership which was incorporated in 1882 as the Islay Distillery Co., and later amalgamated with Wm. Grant & Co., (Glenrothes - Glenlivet) to form Highland Distillers, the present owners. Highland are producers of the blend "The Famous Grouse" and "Black Bottle". The malt supplied to Bunnahabhain requires to be at levels of 3 p.p.m. Bunnahabhain is one of the milder Islay whiskies available and in its taste varies greatly from other fine spirits to be found on the island. The water rises through limestone and is transported by pipeline to the distillery, so it doesnt pick up any peat on the way. Common bottlings are 12, 18 and 25 years old. Interesting fact is that the 12 yr old is a favourite dram of many Ilich (people on Islay).
The drive towards Bunnahabhain from Port Askaig, the long and winding road, is great and the location of the distillery is stunning. The road offers wonderful views of Jura, the sound of Islay and the Rhuvaal Lighthouse on the most northern tip of Islay. The ever changing light and weather conditions can be amazing and at the end is your reward, a warm welcome and a fabulous dram!
Distillery Info, Tours and visitor centre opening hours
Distillery Shop Opening Hours
Monday to Friday 10:00 - 16:30
Please note the distillery will be closed for tours and shop on the following dates - 1 Apr 2013, 6 May 2013, 26 Aug 2013, 23 Sep 2013, 23 Dec 2013, 6 Jan 2014.
Distillery Tour Times (£6)
Monday to Friday: 10:30, 13:30 and 15:30
Bunnahabhain offers a number of special tours. For up to date info please download the current Distillery Leaflet
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Bunnahabhain on Google Streetview
Related info: Alfred Barnard's visit to Bunnahabhain Distillery in the 1880s