Hepburn's Choice, Bunnahabhain 2008 12 Years old, aged and bottled by Hunter Laing
Nose: Honey, oily malt, a smidge of salinity mellowed by buttery vanilla.
Palate: Apricot, greengages and peaches, followed by oatcake, black pepper and toffee.
Finish: Lasting bruised apple sweetness, plus some dry malt earthiness.
Bunnahabhain means ‘mouth of the river’ in Gaelic, as it stands at the mouth of the Margadale Spring on the shores of the Sound of Islay — first came into existence in 1883. However its origins can be traced back four years earlier when, in 1879, William Robertson of Robertson and Baxter Blending House, joined with the Greenlees Brothers to create the Islay Distillery Company. And so, with the distillery built on a site close to the Margadale River, in 1883 Bunnahabhain was borne.