Bunnahabhain to Release Special Fèis Ìle Whisky


June 2, 2023

Bunnahabhain Feis Ile 2023 Canasta Bottle & Tube square

In celebration of one of the largest events in the whisky world, Fèis Ìle, Scotch whisky brand Bunnahabhain has announced its limited edition single malt whisky, Fèis Ìle 2023: Canasta Cask Matured, will be released in the United States beginning early June. The new expression will be available online at ReserveBar.com and in select U.S. markets, including Texas, Florida, Northern and Southern California, and the New York metropolitan area.

Whisky fans from around the globe who make the pilgrimage to the Isle of Islay, known as the “whisky coast” of west Scotland, to attend this week’s Fèis Ìle (Islay Whisky Festival), will be the first to taste Bunnahabhain Distillery’s new expression. The festival brings together like-minded, passionate whisky enthusiasts to taste exclusive drams from the islands’ distilleries and network with the global whisky community.

“The idea for this release was inspired by our visitors who journey to the Bunnahabhain Distillery for Fèis Ìle, where we invite them into our iconic Warehouse 9, to taste drams directly from casks,” said Bunnahabhain’s Master Distiller Brendan McCarron in a news release. “There has been so much joy and love born out of this experience. So much so that we wanted to give people who are unable to make the trip to the distillery the chance to enjoy the Warehouse 9 experience wherever they may be.”

Bunnahabhain, the most remote distillery on the island, stands apart from other Islay distilleries with its signature unpeated style. With the tallest stills on the island and the only distillery to use water from a natural spring, Bunnahabhain is known for its sherried, delicate, complex, and unpeated single malt that has no added color and is non-chill filtered. 

The Fèis Ìle 2023: Canasta Cask Matured limited release is quintessentially Bunnahabhain in style. Distilled on the shorelines of northern Islay and fully matured in rare Canasta sherry casks, this unpeated whisky is bursting with sweet fruit, nuts, and spice notes.  

Fèis Ìle 2023: Canasta Cask Matured is bottled at 51.2% ABV/102.4 Proof, 700 ML and  has an SRP of $241.99. It is finished in rare Canasta sherry casks, was once home to sherries made from Palomino and Pedro Ximenez grapes. Canasta Casks are very classical in style, with the balance of Oloroso sherry imparting flavors of spice, and the Pedro Ximenez adding layers of complexity, richness & sweetness.

Established in 1881, Bunnahabhain is the most northerly of the Islay distilleries and one of the most remote. Bunnahabhain takes its name from the Scottish Gaelic word for “mouth of the river” and refers to the Margadale River from whose clear spring waters the whisky is distilled.

For more information on this brand, visit bunnahabhain.com.