Pronounced “kyaw-bin-och”, Gaelic for the “smoky mist”, Ceòbanach is a real blast from the past. Many season whisky drinkers will know Bunnahabhain for occupying a rare space in the whisky world, that of an unpeated Islay dram. However, in its early history Bunnahabhain produced a smoked, peated whisky, that those in the distillery refer to as “Original Bunnahabhain”. Bunnahabhain Master Distiller, Ian MacMillan was inspired by tales of Islay life back in the 1800s, where peat would be burnt in all homes for all uses, and was a major source of trade for the islanders. It was this vision of the collision between sea spray and peat smoke that is really reflected in the whisky’s flavours. Ceòbanach has been aged for 10 years in former Bourbon barrels, with MacMillan carefully monitoring the casks through the process. On the nose, this whisky has classic Bunnahabhain aromas of chocolate, caramel, toffee, espresso. These are soon joined by pillars of sea spray, salted toffee, slight kelpt and powerful peat smoke. The palate is faithful to the nose, but possesses a buttery, creamy mouthfeel, and brings a clean oaky flavour, alongside stewed apples, and a slightly peppery spice. The finish is long and smoky, with a drying spice. Benefits considerably from being bottled at 46.3% ABV and without chill filtration. A great change of pace from this famous old distillery.