Bunnahabhain Mòine Bordeaux Red Wine Cask in sight

This single malt matured entirely in the red wine casks from Bordeaux will come to us in autumn

Just recently the new 2008 Mòine Bordeaux Red Wine Cask Matured was introduced by Bunnahabhain. But just as quickly as it showed up, it disappeared from the various shops. We will get some bottles of this limited release in our shop in autumn. The scope and time frame are not yet quite certain, but it is likely to be October.

What can we expect?

For the first time in the history of the distillery, new make spirit made from peated malt was matured completely in high-quality red wine casks from the renowned Bordeaux wine region in France. The peaty distillate - mòine is Gaelic and means peat - was filled into red wine casks on 18 December 2008 and matured for a almost ten years on site in Warehouse No. 8, before the whisky was bottled on 26 February 2018 in a limited edition of 4536 bottles with at 58.1% abv, not coloured and non-chill filtered.

Official tasting notes

The result is a single malt with a wonderful deep red gold colour, and – according to the distillery – a rich and really unique Bunnahabhain.

Nose: Rich in fruits and grapes, with aromas of nuts and oak, toffee and espresso notes balanced with pepper, smoke and a hint of nutmeg.

Taste: Rich notes of grapes and red wine, with toffee, chocolate, tobacco and warm peppery smoke.

Finish: A long-lasting combination of fruit and smoke.

The Mòine Bordeaux Red Wine Cask Matured thus joins a small series of limited releases that began in 2017 with the Mòine Pedro Ximénez Finish (14 year old, 54.3% abv, 6,768 bottles) and Mòine Brandy Finish (12 year old, 55.3% abv, 4,152 bottles).

Remote and unique

Founded in 1881, Bunnahabhain is the northernmost distillery on the Isle of Islay. It is located in one of the remotest corners of the island, embedded in the bay right on the Sound of Islay. Despite its remote location, the distillery is always looking for the perfect casks to complement its single malt limited editions. Most Bunnahabhain whiskies, unusual for Islay's single malts, are slightly peated, but have fresh and salty-maritime notes. Since the mid-1990s, peated malt has been increasingly used and some of its bottlings are now part of the standard repertoire, such as Mòine, Toiteach or Toiteach a Dhà. Under the then owner Edrington Group, Bunnahabhain only distilled spirit for a few weeks a year between 1999 and 2003. One reason for the recent scarcity of the 18 year old standard bottling.

Image: Dr. Heinz Weinberger