Bunnahabhain 1998 Manzanilla Cask Finish Fèis Ìle 2023
Introducing a special whisky, the Limited Edition release, meticulously crafted to delight your senses. Distilled on the 28th of October 1998, this exceptional spirit was carefully laid down in American Oak casks. Later, on the 25th of May 2016, it was transferred to first-fill Manzanilla sherry casks for an exquisite finish.
Known for its coastal, salty, and nutty essence, Manzanilla sherry shares distinct resemblances with our beloved Bunnahabhain spirit. Though not as widely produced as some other sherries, our Master Blender and Master Distiller passionately embrace its uniqueness when crafting our whisky.
This festival release boasts its true character, bottled at cask strength to offer an intense, concentrated flavor profile. Staying true to our tradition, no artificial colors have been added, and it remains non-chillfiltered, ensuring an authentic experience in every sip.
Bunnahabhain distillery was built in 1881. From the start, the project was a massive task. A pier to load and unload barrels was needed. A road and houses for the distillery workers was also needed. Some £30 000 (£2.6 million in today's money) were spent building it.
While many distilleries on the island supplied blenders and sold their spirit as single malt, Bunnahabhain did not. All of its production was being sold to blenders. Three major blends, Cutty Sark, Famous Grouse and Black Bottle used the spirit from this distillery.
In the 1963 the production capacity of the distillery was doubled. Less than two decades later, the distillery was mothballed for a couple of years. When the distillery reopened, it kept on supplying blenders. The owners of the distillery, The Edrington Group, sold it in 2003 to Burn Stewart. Their parent company went bust in 2009 and South African distributors Distell acquired it. Bunnahabhain has gone from strength to strength ever since.