Discover Bunnahabhain’s award-winning collection of single malts from the island of Islay, off the west coast of Scotland, at this year’s Whisky Live Celebrations tasting event from 21 to 23 June at the Sibaya Casino in Durban.
South Africa’s own Master of the Quaich, Pierre Meintjes (aka ‘Mr Whisky’) and whisky expert Brian Glass, representing Bunnahabhain at the show, will be delighting whisky lovers with captivating whisky tales, beautifully intertwined with the facts, to provide an all-encompassing single malt whisky experience. On offer will be the distillery’s award-wining Bunnahabhain 12- and 18-year-old single malt whiskies.
The sought-after Bunnahabhain connoisseur range of single malt whiskies continues to impress spirits judges worldwide. Bunnahabhain 12- and 25-year-old single malts recently won double gold medals at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition in the United States. Earlier in 2018, the 25-year-old was highlighted as the best single malt whisky from the Scotch island of Islay by the judges of the prestigious 2018 World Whiskies Awards in the United Kingdom (UK). And late last year, Bunnahabhain 18-year-old was awarded the coveted Cask Strength Scotch Whisky Trophy at the 2017 International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC), also in the UK.
The brand has developed quite a following amongst whisky aficionados over the years, for the relative rarity of its whiskies and their singular flavour that is quite unlike the peaty, smoky malts traditionally associated with the island of Islay.
The distillery is the one of the only on the island that uses a natural spring water source and unpeated barley in the production of most of its malts, including its 12-, 18- and 25-year-old expressions that are sold in South Africa. Without the influence of the Islay peaty moors, these malts have an elegant complexity on the palate that sets them apart from their Islay counterparts.
They are also non-chillfiltered in a return to a very traditional technique that gives rise to a rich depth of colour, aroma and flavour – as natural as when they come out of the cask. The range is curated by senior blender, Dr Kirstie McCallum.
Bunnahabhain, founded in 1881, in pronounced Bŭ-na-ha-venn and means mouth of the river in Scots Gaelic, referring to the Margadale River that flows close by.
Stocked in South Africa by specialty whisky outlets such as Norman Goodfellows and Whisky Brother in Hyde Park Corner in Johannesburg, the price of Bunnahabhain ranges from R750 to R1 500 to R5 000 for its 12-, 18- and 25-year-old whiskies respectively.
Whisky Live Durban tickets are available at www.ticketpros.co.za: general admission priced at R210 a head (including access to the tasting venue, a whisky tasting glass, a 440ml Consol Still Water and 16 whisky tasting vouchers) and designated driver admission at R115 a head (including access to the tasting venue and a 440ml Consol Still Water).
The event starts at 18:00 and concludes at 22:00.
Whisky Live promotes responsible drinking. No persons under the age of 18 will be allowed into the tasting hall. In addition to the designated driver tickets, UBER will be on hand to ensure that everyone in your party is able to have a good time.
For more information on Bunnahabhain, visit the website: http://www.bunnahabhain.com.