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Bunnahabhain celebrates Fèis Ìle with limited Canasta Cask Matured Whisky for the U.S.

Scotch whisky maker Bunnahabhain is celebrating the Islay whisky event Fèis Ìle with a new, limited-edition single malt.

Canasta Cask Matured is now 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 enthusiasts from around the world make their way every year to the Isle of Islay, off the west coast of Scotland, to take part in the week-long Fèis Ìle (Islay Whisky Festival). Those participants were among the first to taste Bunnahabhain Distillery’s new expression.

Bunnahabhain Fèis Ìle 2023 Canasta Cask Matured
Scotch whisky maker Bunnahabhain is celebrating the Islay whisky event Fèis Ìle with a new, limited-edition single malt. (image via Bunnahabhain)

“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.

He said that there was so much joy and love born out of that experience, that the distiller 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, one of the more remote distilleries on the island, is different from other Islay whiskies as it features a signature unpeated style.

The Fèis Ìle 2023: Canasta Cask Matured was distilled on the shorelines of northern Islay and fully matured in Canasta Sherry casks. Those rare casks once held blended Sherries made from Palomino and Pedro Ximenez grapes.

The distiller’s notes describe the expression as polished mahogany in color, and on the nose, the unpeated whisky features sweet fruit, nuts, and spice notes. The palate offers maple syrup flavors with creamy vanilla, dried figs, poached pears, and a sprinkle of cocoa. A gentle twist of orange appears on the finish.

The Canasta Cask Matured, which clocks in at 51.2% ABV, has a suggested price of $241.99.

For more information, check out www.bunnahabhain.com.

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Gary Carter

Gary Carter has been at the helm of metro newspapers, magazines, and television news programs as well as a radio host and marketing manager. He is a writer/editor/photographer/designer by trade, with more than 30 years experience in the publishing and marketing field. Gary enjoys working to build something great, whether that be a novel project, a start-up, an organization, a fresh-face to the journalistic world, or even something as simple as a short story. A native Texan and a Pacific Northwest convert, he is a whiskey enthusiast who cut his teeth on it ... literally!

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