Bunnahabhain 2005

Don’t miss your chance to own a rich and complex whisky from the innovative island distillery of Bunnahabhain. Distilled in November 2005, this whisky already has over a dozen years behind it. The cask will yield approximately 314 bottles at cask strength 56.30% ABV.

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Cask Details

Age13 years
Distillation DateNovember 16, 2005
Cask TypeRefill Hogshead
Original Litre of Alcohol (OLA)155.3 litres
Re-gauge ABV56.30%
Re-gauge Litre of Alcohol (RLA)124.2 litres
Re-gauge DateSeptember 4, 2019
Cask Number800680

Tasting Notes

Nose – Medjoul dates, glace cherry and vanilla marzipan.

Palate – Treacle and hot cross buns.

Nose with water – Oakiness, autumnal days and jam.

Palate with water – Bitter orange marmalade, walnuts and chocolate.

The first nosing is dense and sticky, as of preserved figs, dates and cherries. The nuttiness of marzipan infused with vanilla comes second. With water, more woodiness comes out, and there’s a forest-in-autumn kind of feel, while the last of the year’s fruit is bubbling into jam.

On the palate it is long and luxurious, with a hint of spice, changing the season to spring and hot cross buns. With water, these buns are spread with dense orange marmalade, concealing a mature bite. Walnut-chocolate brittle follows and keeps the finish going.

About The Distillery

Where Bruichladdich paves the way, no doubt the other Islay distilleries are watching and waiting. If Islay proves itself able to grow barley on a whisky-making scale, that niche of artisanal ‘100% Islay grown’ whiskies will whisper its temptations to distilleries that currently must get their barley shipments from the mainland.

Bunnahabhain already feels like a bit of an innovator on Islay. Unusual in being mostly unpeated, having some of the largest examples of distilling equipment in Scotland and for only filling their stills halfway for increased copper contact, this malt dares to be different. They would need a lot of barley to feed their production, but a fully Islay produced Bunnahabhain may not be a pipe dream if Bruichladdich’s experiments take off.
This Bourbon Hogshead filled in November 2005 will showcase the lighter side of Bunnahabhain, which often means something in the line of ‘butter fried bananas’ – lightness is, after all, relative.


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Auction Details

  • Bidding will end on October 11th at 11:00pm GMT subject to continuation defined below.
  • If a bid is received within the last 2 minutes of bidding, the auction will be extended for an additional 2 minutes. The auction will officially close when a period of 2 minutes has passed without a new bid.
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  • The highest bidder at conclusion of the auction will immediately be charged a £500 deposit by credit card; the remaining balance will be due within 72 hours of auction close by bank wire transfer.
  • Failure to send proof of payment within 72 hours will result in a penalty of 1% of the hammer price for each day the payment is delinquent.
  • Upon verification that all funds due have been received, ownership of the cask will be transferred to the buyer and the buyer will be sent a title certificate. As per Scottish regulations, the cask must remain in a government bonded warehouse until bottling.
  • No samples will be provided during the auction. At the conclusion of the auction a complimentary sample will be sent to the winning bidder.
  • If two bidders place a bid in the same amount, the first bid placed will be the winner.
  • Storage will be included for a period of 2 years from the conclusion of the auction. All other costs related to storage, removal from storage, insurance, transportation, bottling and duties/taxes will be the sole responsibility of the buyer.
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