Firstly, the Abhainn Araig is a 50.8% is a marriage of the Bunnahabhain spirit matured with an ex-Pedro Ximénez sherry in octave casks. The producer has described the product as having notes of chocolate, powdered ginger and cigar box on the nose and a dark toffee and spicy cinnamon palate.
The special edition 1998 Cask Finish comes in at slightly less ABV – 49.7% - and is finished in Calvados brandy casks, having spent the last two decades on the shores of Bunnahabhain. A tawny colour, the producer has described this as having notes of barley sugar, pear drops and toffee apples on the nose, green apples and pear candies on the mouth with a lingering floral finish.
The strongest ABV of the three, the Moine Tokaji is 52.8% ABV, and produced using Bunnahabhain Moine – meaning peated in Scottish Gaelic. It’s described as having sandalwood and citrus notes in the note, a smoky vanilla pods, white chocolate and lemon zest palette with the sweetness of the Tokaji leaving notes of freshly sawn-oak wood.
Master blender Julieann Fernandez said her thoughts on the release: “It is beyond exciting to be part of the team hosting this year’s Bunnahabhain Day for Fèis Ìle 2022. After two years of virtual events, we are thrilled to be opening the distillery doors to welcome whisky lovers from around the globe. It is a chance to celebrate our diverse portfolio and give visitors a sneak peek into life on the iconic Islay. The Fèis Ìle 2022 collection reflects all the incredible work that goes on each day at the distillery, and I am so proud to be involved in the production of these whiskies. Keep your eyes peeled for a few other surprises in the pipeline!”
The bottles and the tasting kits are available through their website, while they will appear during Bunnahabhain day on Friday 3rd June. The Fèis Ìle celebrations themselves go on from Friday 27th May through to Saturday 4th June.