A Triple Stack of Bunnahabhain

Bunnahabhain 17yr Old Particular (Douglas Laing) Bunnahabhain has always been a distillery i have loved, it was one of the first whiskies i ever had as an adult some 20 odd years ago and ther standard 12 back then was one youo would be forgiven for thinking was a Speysider.

Nowadays Bunnahabhain is one of the distilleries with a lot of independent bottlings out there, and there are some absolutely blindingly good examples of the distillery also.

Below are three different examples of Bunnahabhain, 2 single casks (one at cask strength) and a small batch one, all of these are delicious, drinkable and very much ones i'd be happy to have in my collection at home, and some i actually do.

enjoy the reviews and let me know what you think of Bunnahabhain in the comments below.

Bunnahabhain 17yr Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Bunnahabhain 17yr Old Particular (Douglas Laing) Another independent Bunnahabhain this time from Bottlers Douglas Laing, this 17 Year Old from the Old Particular range is one I was keen on trying.

There’s a hint of sweet chalky smoke in here, then a lovely cinnamon spiced treacle tart note that goes right the way through this dram, along with a chocolate vermicelli note that I really like.

This is a really tasty interesting example, and one to keep an eye out for.

Sold out at Master of Malt and everywhere else i could see, keep an eye out for more releases.

Thanks to Douglas Laing for the official sample.


A prickle of cinnamon spiced treacle tarts, Bramley apple peel, a hint of chocolate vermicelli, touches of smoked cream and balsamic vinegar and beetroot chutney.

Sweet and chalky smoke, smoked talcum powder, those lightly spiced treacle tarts are back again with chocolate vermicelli and that beetroot chutney with balsamic vinegar

Balsamic vinegar, chalky smoke, long lasting

Bottle Name: Bunnahabhain 17yr Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
Age: 17
ABV: 48.40
Distiller: Bunnahabhain
Bottler: Douglas Laing
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Islay

Bunnahabhain 2006 The MacPhails Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)

Bunnahabhain 2006 The MacPhails Collection (Gordon and MacPhail) Another Bunnahabhain from Gordon and MacPhails wood makes the whisky campaign this expression is a 2006 non pleated dram from The MacPhails Collection.

I love unpeated bunnahabhain and have been a huge fan of this distillery for a huge number of years, this is filled with toffee, caramel and buttery notes on the nose which transfers to a bit of black jack sweets and eucalyptus on the palate and finish, something I’m not normally keen on but this is just such a tasty dram it works as a lovely side note to it.

Available at Master of Malt and other specialists.

Thanks to Gordon & MacPhail for the official sample.


Creamy butter toffees are here first, werthers originals, the barley sugars, sweet cereal notes, lemon pith and a hint of crushed lemongrass, a touch of sea samphire and grassy riverbanks notes, preserved lemons.

Soft and buttery caramel toffee notes come first, black jack sweets, sea samphire, cereal and hints of minerality, that lemongrass is back again.

Quite a bit of eucalyptus and black jack sweets, fades slowly

Bottle Name: Bunnahabhain 2006 The MacPhails Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)
Age: 2006 vintage
ABV: 43.00
Distiller: Bunnahabhain
Bottler: Gordon & MacPhail
Type: Single Malt
From: Scotland, Islay

SMWS 10.108 Yin and Yang

SMWS 10.108 Yin and Yang  An interesting 9 year old from this Islay Distillery matured in a virgin oak hogshead from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

Lots of interesting notes in here of mandarin, orange, black jacks and smoky seafood, this is a really tasty example of a peated dram from this distillery.

the ABV despite being high is still drinkable and a little touch of water does bring it out of it's shell.

Now sold out at The Scotch Malt Whisky Society but check out their website for more interesting single cask drams.


Soft smouldering camp fire, whilst wearing an old dusty caftan, treacle and black jack sweets, definite seaweed / sea samphire notes, a hint of seafood with fennel sauce.

Tangy menthol infused smoke with spices and orange pith and peel, definite black jack and fennel type notes, lovely sweetness underneath though

Big meaty powerful smoky notes

Bottle Name: SMWS 10.108 Yin and Yang
Age: 9
ABV: 60.40
Distiller: Bunnahabhain
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Islay

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