Bunnahabhain Distillery

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General
Pronunciation boona’haavn Pronunciation
Translation Mouth of the River
Region Islay
Distiller Burn Stewart Distillers Ltd.
Owner Burn Stewart Distillers Ltd. (CL World Brands Ltd.)
Address Port Askaig
Isle of Islay
Argyll
PA46 7RP
Scotland
Telephone +44 (0)1496 - 84 06 46
+44 (0)1496 - 84 02 48 (Fax)
LatLong 55° 52’ 58.5” N   06° 07’ 32.9” W
Altitude 7 m
Grid Reference NR420732
Website www.blackbottle.com
www.bunnahabhain.com
E-mail lillian.macarthur@burnstewartdistillers.com
Open to public 17 March - 24 October 2008 : mo - fr 09:00 - 16:30 (tours 10:30, 12:45, 14:00 and 15:15)
Admission chargedSource : Islay & Jura Distillery Tour Times 2008 leaflet
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History
1878
W.A. Robertson (of Robertson & Baxter, blenders in Glasgow) and J.C.R. Marshall purchased a piece of land at the mouth of the River Margadale and contacted the Greenless brothers of Campbeltown for technical advice on building a distillery
1880-81
Built by a partnership which was incorporated 1882
1882
Partnership incorporated as the Islay Distillery Co. Ltd.
1887
Islay Distillery Co. Ltd. merged with W. Grant & Co. and Glenrothes-Glenlivet to form the Highland Distilleries Co. Ltd. but still named the Islay Distillery Co. Ltd. per Nettleton in 1893 (1888 mentioned as well)
1963
Extended from two to four stills. Last year the floor maltings were in use. Light-grains plant
late 1970s
The 12yo Single Malt was launched with a label inspired by the song "Westering Home". Until that time the entire production was for blending
1984
Bottling released from casks filled in 1963 to celebrate Bunnahabhain’s centenary
1999
Owned by Highland Distillers
....
Owned by The Edrington Group
2003
Bought by Burn Stewart Distillers plc from The Edrington Group

Technical Specifications
General Water Source
Margadale Spring (whisky water)
Loch Staoisha (cooling water)
  Annual Output 1,000,000 litres of alcohol (2003)
  Finished Spirit (phenols) Bunnahabhain : trace
new peaty spirit : not y
  Blending Roles
Cutty Sark, Black Bottle, Famous Grouse, Scottish
Malt Malt Source 90% Simpson’s (Berwick)
10% Port Ellen
  Malt Type Optic
  Malt Specification (phenols) Bunnahabhain : less than 2 ppm
new peaty spir
  Own Malting Floor no
  Malt Storage 900 tonnes
Mill Porteus, installed 1964
  Grist Storage 30 tonnes
Mashing Mash Tun 1 stainless steel, rake and plough
  Mash Size 12.5 - 13 tonnes
  First Water 43,000 litres at 82°C plus 7,000 - 8,000 litre
  Second Water 24,000 litres at 80°C
  Third Water 20,000 litres at 90°C
  Fourth Water 23,000 litres at 90°C
Fermentation Washbacks 6 made of Oregon Pine
  Washback Charge 66,500 litres
  Yeast Quest cultured yeast
  Amount of Yeast 250 kg per Washback
  Length of Fermentation 63 hours (shorts, week)
80 hours (longs, week
  Initial Fermentation Temp. 20°C (weekdays)
18°C (weekends)
  Strength of Wash 6.5% - 8.5% abv
Distillation Wash Stills 2, onion shaped, 35,356 litres each
  Wash Still Built 1 : 1989
2 : 1963
  Wash Still Charge 16,625 litres (47% of capacity)
  Heat Source steam pans
  Wash Still Height 25 feet 10 inches (7.87 m)
  Lyne Arm  
  Low Wines Run c. 5 hours
  Low Wines Collection Range 46% - 0.5% abv
  Spirit Stills
2, onion shaped, 15,546 litres each
  Spirit Still Built 1 : not known (pre-1963)
2 : 1963
  Spirit Still Charge 9,000 - 9,600 litres (c. 60% of capacity)
  Strength of Spirit Still Charge 26% abv
  Heat Source steam pans;
  Spirit Still Height 20 feet 10 inches (6.35 m)
  Lyne Arm straight
  Coolers two Wash Still Condensers, one sited internally an
  Foreshot Run c. 10 minutes
  Spirit Run 2 - 3 hours
  Feints Run c. 3 hours
  Spirit Cut Bunnahabhain : 72% - 64% abv
new peaty spirit
  Distilling Strength 68.5& abv
Storage Storage Strength 63.5% abv
  Average Spirit Yield 409.5 litres of pure alcohol per tonne of malt (20
  Disposal of Pot Ale/Spent Lees piped into Sound of Islay
  Type of Casks 90% first-fill bourbon hogsheads
10% first-fill and second-fill sherry casks of various sizes
  Warehouses 7 (#2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7 and #8, dunnage and racked)
  Vatting and Bottling Location East Kilbride



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