Feis Ile: Bunnahabhain


Another day, another distillery and yes, another picture postcard little bay in glorious sunshine and under blue skies. I’m conscious that I’ve probably used the words “pretty” and “beautiful” far too often this week, but Islay in the sun really does defy any other description.

Bunnahabhain certainly has the beautiful location, although the buildings themselves are rather grey, industrial looking monoliths. Walking in from the car park it feels like your sneaking into an abandoned factory, but then the music from the courtyard reaches your ears, and the smell of the burgers and the seafood shack reaches your most, and you know you’ve arrived.

The distillery manages to give you that village fete feeling, with craft stalls as well as whisky tastings and the bar. The free drams are limited to the standard twelve year old, but everything else is on offer at the bar – including the spectacular festival whisky, best described as new make spirit poured through a sherry cask!

It’s a great way to end the working week, although those of us lucky enough to be on the late ferry get to see one more distillery before home.

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