Bunnahabhain Batch 1

Bunnahabhain Batch 1 (46.1%, That Boutique-Y Whisky Company, 233 Bottles, 2013)

  • Islay single malt scotch whisky
  • 46.1% ABV, £36 for 50cl
  • Score: 89/100


What they say:

This is the first batch of delicious Bunnahabhain single malt from That Boutique-y Whisky. The whisky is rich and fruity with a hint of peat, and the graphic-novel-style label depicts the distillery and various goings-on, including a rally car navigating the terrifying track to the distillery. There are also sunbathers on the beach, and a handsome man tossing the caber.

Batch 1 is release of 233 numbered bottles.

‘That Boutique-y Whisky Company’ bottles single malts, single grains, bourbons, blended malts and blends from a variety of renowned distilleries. These whiskies are adorned with cultish graphic novel-style labels.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: A little seaweed on the nose, melded with sweet caramel and heather honey. There is a faint hint of peat smoke coming through, with notes of fresh fruit.

Palate: Deep malt and heather, with overripe grape, calves leather and vanilla. The peat smoke notes develop late palate, with hints of cracked black pepper.

Finish: Peppery, slightly smoky finish. Very coastal now.

Overall: A classic Bunnahabhain!


What I say:

Purchased from a friend, I couldn’t really pass up the offer of another Bunnahabhain bottling. This one by That Boutique-Y Whisky Company doesn’t reveal any age statement or details of casks, however they are bottled at cask strength so one can only guess how many years (or decades!) it took for this one to drop to 46.1%?


Full dark amber gold (12/20), medium tears with light trails


Delicate tropical fruits, sweet, peated, light smoke, old charred oak wood, charcoal, cereal barley malt, musty dunnage warehouse, briny sea spray


Creamy rich toffee oak, mellow, cereal barley draff, malty, marmite, burnt brown toast, buttery, some tropical fruit, pineapple, banana, overripe mango (super sweet and juicy), butterscotch and vanilla, nutmeg spice, salty ginger, coffee and cinnamon, latte


Sharp peat prickle, cinnamon and nutmeg spices with treacle toffee and vanilla cream


Nom nom nom, another well aged Bunnahabhain expression, perhaps a tad more peat-influence than usual. This made me wonder if this was from a peated barley batch, or if the ageing has just let the usual light peaty influence shine through? Either way, this is super-delicious and a real joy to dram. Complex toffee peatiness with layers of tropical fruits.

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