Bunnahabhain Ceòbanach, NAS, 46,3 %

Bunnahabhain CeòbanachThe Bunnahabhain Ceòbanach (pronounced ‘kyaw-bin-och’) is a new release from the Islay distillery Bunnahabhain. It is a limited release, matured in bourbon casks, bottled in 2014. The name Ceòbanach means ‘smoky mist’ in Scots Gaelic.

The Bunnahabhain Ceòbanach will be released for sale in Norway on March 6 at NOK 700 (2056401). It is also available to buy in Sweden at SEK 679 (40450). Please note that the name is misspelled on the Systembolaget site, they call it Ceòbanagh.

Nose (22/25): Chocolate mousse, dark chocolate mixed with mild citrus notes, sweet ashes, mild maritime notes. A lovely and rich nose – peaty, sweet and with a touch of salt.

Taste (22/25): More peppery and spicy to taste, but there’s still plenty of peat, ashes, citrus and chocolate. Rich mouth-feel.

Finish (22/25): The chocolate returns in full on the finish, while the warm ashes and smoke are pushed into the background. Vanilla, white pepper, sea salt and a mild fruitiness. Rich and sweet, warm and long.

Balance (22/25): I love peaty Bunnahabhain. I am a big fan of the Bunnahabhain Toiteach, which is a bit rough and feisty. The Bunnahabhain Ceòbanach is not as heavily peated, I think, and has a deeper sweetness to it.

Score (88/100)

– Thomas


  1. Tåpelig spm, kanskje, men synes du at denne forsvarer prisen sin, sammenliknet med Toiteach som er 150,- billigere? 🙂

    • Hei, det er da overhodet ikke et tåpelig spørsmål. Jeg synes denne forsvarer prisen, fordi jeg opplever dette som en meget bra whisky. Vi har Toiteach stående i skapet, og ved siden av den skal det stå en Bunnahabhain Ceòbanach 🙂

      • Well, yes. Which is why I have added NAS in the main heading in my review, and I have also tagged the article as NAS 🙂
        But NAs is not inherently bad, and in a case like this, with a great dram as a result, I would argue that NAS or not is irrelevant.

  2. […] Then in 2003 Burn Stewart Distillers bought Bunnahabhain, and the brand Black Bottle. Black Bottle is a peated blend, and it was soon decided that the company wanted to have more control over the whisky sourced for Black Bottle. Rather than relying on being able to buy enough peated whisky from the other Islay distilleries, which was getting increasingly difficult because of demand, they wanted to produce more peated spirit themselves. Thus it was decided that from then on Bunnahabhain would produce both peated and unpeated spirit. Since then this has resulted in a re-launch of Black Bottle (no longer containing whisky from all the Islay distilleries), and peated Bunnahabhain expressions like Toiteach and Ceòbanach. […]


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