Bunnahabhain distillery uploaded by Ben, 13. Oct 2014
Bunnahabhain pot stills uploaded by Ben, 25. Jan 2016


The word 'Bunnahabhain' means river mouth. Bunnahabhain was build in 1881 by the Greenless Brothers and is still the most norther Distillery on the Isle of Islay. Read more about it below.↓

Details about the Distillery

The Whisky

The Bunnahabhain whiskies are lightly peated Islay malts that have a lot of salty marine tones. The distillery bottling range has many whiskies ranging from the 12-year-old to the 40-year-old. There are also a few no age bottlings that  have different tastes.

There are many independent bottlings of the Bunnahabhain distillery.

The Production

The production volume of Bunnahabhain is at about 2.5 million litres of alcohol per year. The water for the distillation comes from the river Margadale. It is underground so the water is pumped out via pipes.

Distillery house of Bunnahabhain
The yard in front of the Bunnahabhain distillery

The Pot Stills

The distillery has four pot stills. The two wash stills have a capacity of 30,000 litres and the two spirit stills are half the size. The pot is pear-shaped and round. This results in a rather spicy and a bit rough whisky.

The Pot Stills of the Bunnahabhain Distillery.

The Malting

The malt comes comes from the Port Ellen maltings, which are also on the Isle of Islay.

The Warehouse

Bunnahabhain has the traditional flat bricked dunnages. They are all right next to or very close to the sea. This allows the whisky to interact with the marine air on Islay.

The warehouse of Bunnahabhain
The dunnages next to the sea


The word 'Bunnahabhain' means river mouth. Bunnahabhain was built in 1881 by the Greenless Brothers and is still the most northern distillery on the Isle of Islay. After the distillery was set up a small town formed around the distillery. In 2003 the distillery was bought by Burn Stewart Distillers and is active today.

The Visitor Centre

The tours through the distillery have to be booked in advance. There are four kinds of tours at the distillery. The top tour includes a full tour through every production step and is carried out by the distillery manager himself. It also includes a whisky tasting.

The shop of the Bunnahabhain Distillery.