MUDL was part of an exclusive group of guests recently treated to a series of tastings of the Bunnahabhain range of single malt whiskies at the Bascule Bar. Specialising in premium whiskies, the bar at the Cape Grace Hotel now has a customised display cabinet showcasing the brand's award-winning whiskies.
Whiskies made on the Isle of Islay off the west coast of Scotland are usually characterised by their strong peat, but the Bunnahanain Distillery breaks the mould with its range of gentle, unpeated single malts. The whiskies are un-chillfiltered for the purest expression of colour, aroma and flavour.
One of SA's foremost whisky authorities, Pierre Meintjes, presented the un-chillfiltered range that is fast building a following amongst whisky aficionados. He is one of just 159 Masters of the Quaich in the world, a title conferred by the Keepers of the Quaich and only one of two in South Africa. The honour is conferred in notable recognition of their contribution to the Scotch whisky industry.
Taygan Govinden, the brand's SA marketing manager, says, "To contrast the unpeated profile of the range, Pierre gave guests the rare opportunity of tasting a peated single malt, made in very limited quantities at Bunnahabhain. This rare peated Bunnahabhain, named Toiteach, is not available in South Africa, but provided a fascinating comparison."
|Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old||Pierre Meintjies presenting
the Bunnahabain range
|Toiteach, a peated single malt
produced in small quantities
The price of Bunnahabhain ranges from R580 for the 12-year-old, to R900 for the 18-year-old and R2 600 for 25-year-old.