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Staff Pick

Whiskies of Scotland 24yr Bunnahabhain Scotch - 1989

Item # 31912 750mL
$149.96/ Single Bottle
$899.76/ Case of 6

Tasting Notes

Founded in 1883, Bunnahabhain is an oft-overlooked Islay distillery found on the less exposed northern part of the isle near Caol Ila. Notes include sea salt, white pepper, dried mulberries, heather, hot embers, tangy peat, wildflower honey, hard caramel candy, lemon oil and creamy malt. Compared to other expressions from this distillery and compared to any other single malts this old, the value here is simply unbeatable and not to be missed.

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Staff Pick Notes

Our entire Whiskies of Scotland line is excellent, but the Bunnahabhain 24-year has very quickly become a showpiece example of their work. The Bunnahabhain peat profile is typically friendlier and more introspective than most of its louder Islay neighbors and this vintage bottling (still pretty rare in the spirits world) is no exception. In fact, this stripped-down, independently bottled expression is a stunning example of everything Bunnahabhain does well. It is non-chill filtered (which adds an intriguing textural component) and a complex mixture of medium smoke, just enough brine, and a long finish characterized by rich, savory, cooked (reduced) fruit. It isn't showy, but is very precise, clean, and sophisticated. Get one before it's gone forever.

- EG

Astor's Glossary of Terms


As a synonym for Scottish, some people object to the term “Scotch” – but as far as their whisky goes, the Scottish people are required by law to classify the spirit as “Scotch whisky.”


Distillation was brought to Scotland from Ireland by missionary monks in the 6th century. In 1644, the first taxes were imposed on Scottish distillers by England, with the result that most of the nation’s whisky was soon distilled illicitly. With the Parliament’s passing of the “Excise Act” in 1824, licensing fees for distilleries were much cheaper. Distilleries started to take out...

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