Day no. 2. Another good breakfast, then off to Bunnahabhain. I visited the distillery during my last visit on Islay but there was no activity therefore I was looking forward to it even more.
After our arrival there was still some time left until the tasting should start and due to this we got a very brief tour through the distillery and the most important spots. Efficient but nevertheless interesting.
Then we moved to the warehouse where we enjoyed an amazing tasting with 5 different Bunnahabhains. Oloroso sherry cask, Bourbon hogshead, unpeated, heavily peated. A very attractive range with fantastic whiskys, all straight from the cask with lots of additional information! Wow, that was definitely a great experience!
Luckily we're able to purchase cask samples from those casks in the shop (additionally we'd the chance to handfill our own bottle directly in the warehouse), because those were really great stuff!
Andrew was kind enough to bring us to Bruichladdich distillery, the next stop on our schedule.
After a quick lunch at Debbie's Cafe just around the corner from the distillery we settled down in the visitor's center and tried some of the available stuff in preparation for the upcoming warehouse tasting. One of the ones we tried was the Feis Isle 135 PHD which I really liked...
The warehouse tasting itself had the following range:
- 26yo. from a Bourbon cask
- 12 yo. Port Charlotte from a French Oak cask
- 11 yo. Octomore from an Oloroso Sherry cask
All of them were really good but the 26 yo. was definitely my favorite even though I like the heavily peated stuff like Octomore, especially when being matured in a Sherry cask.
For the evening we'd a reservation for dinner at the Lochside Hotel, where we enjoyed some good food. Initially we planned to have some drams at the bar afterwards but their selection dropped rapidly after my visit 3 years ago, so we decided to change the location to go to Lucci's Bar at the Bowmore Hotel which's just around the corner. Definitely a good move as their range is really amazing, so we'd a few more drams there before we walked back to the Bowmore House.
A great day with awesome whiskys and a lot of great experiences.