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30th October 2010


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Bunnahabhain is re-introduced as an unchill-filtered spirit

Bunnahabhain 12 year old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky has been re-introduced as an unchill-filtered spirit, a move which has excited whisky lovers and experts from across the world.

Bunnahabhain is the flagship malt Scotch whisky from Burn Stewart Distillers and is exported to over 30 countries globally. The superior quality of the whisky is widely recognized with the brand consistently winning awards in international competitions. Unlike its neighbouring distilleries on the Island, Bunnahabhain embodies “the gentle taste of Islay”, as it is not a typically heavily peated smoke filled Islay malt.

The process of chill-filtering removes some of the oily-fatty compounds produced during distillation or extracted in the maturation period. It prevents the whisky, when in the bottle at an alcohol level below 46% abv, or when served, from becoming hazy when chilled. Some whisky experts believe that chill-filtration removes some of the flavour and body from the whisky. When unchill-filtered, the dram retains a depth of flavour the filtration process would otherwise rob it of.

In line with Burn Stewart Distillers’ Master Blender, Ian MacMillan’s vision for all of the company’s malts to move to unchill-filtered, the whisky now has a high strength of 46.3% alc with no colour added. The packaging has been revised to compliment the new expression, with the whisky now contained within a smoked oak glass, replacing the traditional emerald green glassware, dual labeling and is now presented in a quality gift carton.

Ian MacMillan, Master Blender commented “Enjoying the experience of unchill-filtered whisky allows you to enjoy the whisky as near natural as possible, with all the original flavours and aromas contained”.
Katherine Crisp, Brand Manager for Bunnahabhain said: “This new journey for Bunnahabhain is very exciting and allows us to offer the consumer a much richer, fuller flavoured Bunnahabhain.”