Bunnahabhain 2013

Bunnahabhain is unusual on Islay, in that they don’t care for heavily peating their whisky (though the same distillery does make more peated whisky, calling it ‘Staoisha’). This being true, Bunnahabhain usually strives to be both rich and sweet, often with gingery, malty notes and some dried fruit. This is usually facilitated by maturation in a sherry cask, but in this case the distillery opted for a 1st fill Pinot Blanc Barrique.

The pinot blanc barrique is a very unusual choice, not often seen as a whisky maturing vessel. This cask is thus something of a curiosity. The pinot blanc grape brings dry, orchard fruit flavours and a slight nuttiness to wine, and thus helps to highlight the lighter side of Bunnahabhain’s whisky and bring a delightful crisp acidity – a different interpretation of what it means to be Bunnahabhain.

Auction estimate: £11,000 – £13,000

For the person who likes: Sour cherries or apple bonbons.

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Cask Details

Age7 years
Distillation DateApril 8, 2013
Cask Type1st fill Pinot Blanc Barrique
Peated?Yes (Lightly)
Re-gauge ABV63.92%
Re-gauge Litre of Alcohol (RLA)118.5 litres
New Bulk Litres185.4 litres
Re-gauge DateSeptember 29, 2020
Cask Number900711

Tasting Notes

“Nutty on the nose, with aromas of mash and very light smoke. Damp earth and spicy white wine on the palate, with developing citrus fruit. Herbal on the medium-length finish. Will surely reward patience if given another few years’ in the cask.”

Gavin D. Smith,
Author & Renowned Whisky Journalist

“Sweet tobacco smokiness, but not overpowering. There is a sour note here, a little creamy, a hint of soured milk. On the palate, the lemon, citrussy note develops. A lovely beachside dram, to match with your freshly caught fish.”


“You know it is an Islay classic as soon as the whisky touches your lips. It smells like fresh sea air and someone left the fire going overnight. It tasted surprisingly light tinged like a splash of lemon on the end. The perfect whisky to go with good seafood.”


“I hear the sound of ocean waves when nosing this dram. With a colour of antique gold. The nose offers a crispy & sharp scent, sea salt caramel, burnt caramel, banana, mussel cream pasta, rosemary bitter. The palate is a real banana muffin, with raisins, long lasting, but subtle smoke, mussels en papillote, lemongrass, grapefruit and celery bitters.”


“Slight smokiness, old charred logs, smoking hay/straw on the nose. On the palate, a shift towards the seaside, with salty spray and even creamy mussels.”


Tasting Panel Video

We simply do not have enough liquid to allow every interested bidder to sample the contents of the cask before purchase. As a compromise, each sample is reviewed by our in-house team and their honest opinions encouraged. Among them, our tasters have sat on tasting panels for, and advised, top names in whisky, such as the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, the Waldorf Astoria, the Peninsula Shanghai and The Scotch Whisky Experience.

Watch the video below to hear what our team had to say about this fine selection of casks on Cask 88 TV, our online channel for all things whisky.

About The Distillery

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.
It has stood the test of time, and still produces some of the best beloved and most contrary Islay whisky to this day.

Buyer’s note: We cannot offer a photo of this cask due to the regulations on Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations that are imposed in the warehouse.


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Auction Details

  • Bidding will end on October 18th at 5:00pm BST subject to continuation defined below.
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  • 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.
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