Bunnahabhain launch 1989 Oloroso cask finish at Fèis Ìle 2022

A new limited edition has been unveiled by Bunnahabhain for this year's Feis Ile.

Published 3rd Jun 2022
Updated 8 th Aug 2023

Following the return of Fèis Ìle this week, where Islay’s distilleries opened their doors to festival goers for the first time since 2019, Bunnahabhain has launched a surprise Fèis Ìle bottling on Bunnahabhain Day (June 3).

The 1989 Oloroso Cask Finish (45.4% ABV) comes in addition to three other limited-edition Fèis single malts which were unveiled by the Islay distillery.

Limited to just 286 bottles, the 1989 Oloroso Cask Finish is a limited release, unpeated single malt, exclusively available at the distillery brand home and website.

This bottling is quintessentially Bunnahahbain in style, first matured in whisky refill casks in December 1989 and then finished for six years in Oloroso Sherry casks.

The dram is russet gold in colour, with aromas of oak, walnuts, dried cherries and desiccated strawberries.

It’s a marriage of oily and fruity, boasting sweet and spicy notes, balanced with flavours of pears in syrup, black pepper, red apple and cinnamon.

The finish is rich, smooth and long, and as this bottling is at cask strength, drinkers may wish to add a few drops of water to open it up. 

The whisky has an RRP of £750 and to find out more, visit the Bunnahabhain website

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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