Bunnahabhain 13 year old Margaux Wine Cask Finish Murray McDavid Benchmark
Bunnahabhain distillery in Islay produces superb spirit capable of taking pretty much anything thrown at it. Put it in a re-fill cask, Bunnahabhain will shine, put it in an Oloroso, PX or rum cask even, Bunnahabhain can handle it. The chaps at Murray McDavid double matured this single malt in Margaux wine casks. This resulted in a whisky rich with dark chocolate notes, cinnamon, red berries and heavily roasted malts.
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.
The spirit produced by the distillery is light and delicate in style. this is achieved by the usage of huge pot stills filled with little wash during distillation. Very little peated spirit is produced.
For nearly 30 years, independent whisky bottler Murray McDavid has been a pioneer in the Scotch whisky industry, leading the way in the Art of Maturation. Former wine merchant and legendary whisky entrepreneur, Mark Reynier, founded Murray McDavid in 1994; later joined by the acclaimed distiller, Jim McEwan. Mark’s connections gave him access to casks from iconic wine producers, which quickly gained Murray McDavid a reputation for creating innovative whisky in interesting casks.
Today, they continue to challenge whisky industry conventions. Their Royal Brackla Distillery and Coleburn Distillery whisky warehouses, filled with thousands of casks of maturing whisky from over 90 distilleries in Scotland, enable them to offer a wide range of inspired and artfully matured Scotch whisky.