Saturday, May 17, 2014


FOR                            BUNNAHABHAIN

Raise a glass of Bunnahabhain single malt whisky, the gentle taste of Islay, to celebrate World Whisky Day on May 17. 

Bunnahabhain's Islay distillery, off the west coast of Scotland, makes its world-renowned single malts in the original un-chillfiltered way. By reverting to tradition, it can offer its whiskies unadulterated, with the full depth of colour, aroma and flavour.

Amplify the pleasure by enjoying these fine whiskies with flavours developed by Michelin star chef Geoffrey Smeddle in true Scottish tradition. 

Be inspired by Smeddle’s bespoke pairing menu that complements three of the brand’s signature expressions; the Bunnahabhain 12-, 18- and 25-year-old.   

He has taken his cue from memories of drinking Bunnahabhain as well as his favourite Scottish ingredients. 

“I took my first sip of Bunnahabhain back in 2002, when I was working as a chef in Chicago.  My girlfriend brought me a bottle on her visit, as a taste of Scotland - a moment that was lovely for so many reasons. From then on it has been my favourite malt. My girlfriend subsequently became my wife and at our wedding we toasted our marriage alongside the piper with a dram of Bunnahabhain. For me, it’s a malt that captures the spirit of romance.

“I designed the tasting menu to reflect and complement the complexity and refinement of this truly remarkable malt whisky.”

From partridge and salmon to juniper berries and salsify, Smeddle has created a feast which celebrates Scotland's finest seasonal produce and enhances the flavours of the Bunnahabhain range of single malt whiskies (recipes are available on request):   

·         12-year-old:  Cured salmon, oyster panna cotta and avocado crème fraiche
·         18-year-old:  Smoked partridge, red cabbage, salsify and haggis bon bon
·         25-year-old:  Toffee apple cheesecake, bramble compote with salted caramel ice cream and toffee sauce.

The Bunnahabhain distillery is the only producer of single malts on Islay to use natural spring water. The Margadale spring flows deep underground, untainted by the peaty moors on the island and results in lighter-flavoured whiskies.

Bunnahabhain is the flagship malt whisky from Burn Stewart Distillers and is exported to over 30 countries globally.  The superior quality of the whisky is widely recognised and the brand consistently wins awards in international competitions.

Bunnahabhain 12-year-old was recently awarded double gold, and the 18-year-old gold at the 2014 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. 

Stocked by specialty shops, the Bunnahabhain range comprises a 12-, 18- and 25-year-old single malt.  Prices start at R580, rising to R900 and R2 600 respectively.

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