Peated Single Malt
Bunnahabhain // Islay, Scotland
The barley used to make Bunnahabhain Scotch has not been peat-dried since 1963 (any effects of peat flavor come from the local water used to make it, which naturally runs through the peat bogs on its journey to the distillery). Ceòbanach, which is Scots Gaelic for "smoky mist" is the first release to be made with Islay-grown, peat-dried barley since the 1960s. Fun fact: the stills used to process it are kept separate from the other stills at Bunnahabhain so as not to affect the other releases. Though without a formal age statement, it is the product of 10 years of work from Master Distiller Ian MacMillan, released un-chill filtered.
Peated Single Malt100% malted barley from a single distillery. Dried with peat.
"This is a very different product than anything else tasted recently from Bunnahabhain, much lighter in both color and texture. However, there is still significant weight in flavor, which is indeed peaty, smoky and briny, but not terribly medicinal. It tastes more of something that's been to a seaside bonfire, though it is surprisingly citrusy, with a honeyed finish. Islay is known for its unpredictable tempestuous weather - this limited edition whisky feels like a tribute to its fleeting moments of sunshine."