The Bunnahabhain distillery was founded in 1881 and is the only distillery on Islay with access to natural Magadale spring water. Its remote location on the northeastern tip of the island meant that until recent years, the only way to access the distillery was by sea. Helmsmen, such as the one featured on the Bunnahabhain labels, would risk their lives battling the elements to deliver barley to make the whiskies.
The Bunnahabhain expressions are dinstinct from the other single malts of Islay in that they have a gentler taste profile, due largely to the fresh spring water and the use of un-peated and malted barley in a time-honored distillation process. Aged in casks previously used for Bourbon and Oloroso Sherry, Bunnahabhain Scotch whiskies are the perfect balance of rich sweetness and natural smokiness.