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Bunnahabhain Ceòbanach

(70cl, 46.3%)

Bunnahabhain Ceòbanach

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Bunnahabhain Ceòbanach Bottling Note

For the Ceòbanach (pronounced 'kyaw-bin-och'), the Bunnahabhain distillers have taken inspiration from the days when the distillery used to produced heavily peated spirit. Meaning 'Smoky mist' in Scots Gaelic, Ceòbanach certainly packs a rich, smoky profile that classic Islay whisky fans will want to pay attention to. It was matured in ex-bourbon casks and bottled without chill-filtration.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: The peat's not shy in this one - up-front earthy smokiness, with lemon peel, vanilla and buttery biscuits developing around it.

Palate: Maritime notes of sea-breeze and a touch of tarry rope. This is joined by wood spices, creamy citrus and peppery touches on the mid-palate.

Finish: Smoky all the way to the end.

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Bunnahabhain Ceòbanach Reviews

Very good!

One of my faves. Simply delicious for a casual dram weekend

19th October 2018

Glad I bought this one!

Love the peat in this one. Smooth with a smokiness. Great!

23rd December 2017

Friends on the bandwagon

I really have to say that this is one of the best bang for your buck malts out there. Peat and smoke...just like a campfire but not overpowering with a touch of sea salt. Love the creaminess...again sea salt and hint of biscuits. I have had a number of my friends try and they all buy it afterwards. Get will not be disappointed!

5th September 2017

Medium Peat delight

I just received this malt as a gift and what a wonderful surprise in it's light straw colour. It is much peatier than I would have suspected for a Bunna, yet not overpowering either. Medium levels of peat set against gently apparent vanilla, buttered biscuits and honey. (Medium peat: as in less phenols than a Lagavulin or Ardbeg, yet more than say an HP or Oban). Not sure how to categorize but I do get similarities to both Ardbeg 10 and the Port Charlotte-Scottish Barley (both are excellent drams) but this is at lower phenol levels than those two heavies. Nonetheless, it is worthy of the lofty comparisons, yet enjoyable in it's own way. My suspicion is.., this bottle will not last long!!

11th August 2017

Peppery campfire

Very good. Natural color, un-chillfiltered. Respectable ABV.

Nose: Smoke, good gentle smoke, mint, vanilla, ozonic sea.

Palate: Maritime note, tarry rope. Fresh white pepper. It's sharp, but in a way I like. Creamy citrus.

Finish: Smoke, smoke... and then some... smoke.

The whisky is approximately ten years, but it doesn't have any clear age statement. Maybe pricy..? I don't think so, because I think this is a very good one.

11th July 2017

Like drinking a campfire on the beach with friends!

You cannot get Ceobanach in the USA so I had it shipped over the pond. One of the best scotches I have every bought! Wonderfully balance with smooth peaty goodness. Sea salt and smoky, like drinking around a campfire on the beach with friends. I do not taste much of the vanilla my 12 & 18 have. drink with friends.

6th June 2017

Well balanced

My wife got this for me as a birthday gift. I love this whisky. I've had plenty of peated Scotch, and this one seems to be a perfect balance where the peat smoke doesn't dominate the other flavors (though, it certainly isn't shy!) It also has a very nice light color. Much lighter than an old whisky or one that has color added.

29th May 2017


I bought this for my husband as a change from Lagavulin. He loves it and I quite like it too!

31st January 2017

A sophisticated party in the mouth

I think this is the most surprising Whisky I have tasted. I discovered it on a overseas trip....It's so good, i wanted to enjoy it again, but I have to order it online.....not readily available in Australia. Sad!

4th November 2016

If you like light smoke and peat..

Light smoke and peat aroma...subtle on the initial sip. Salt and sea grass come wisping through. Sweetness kicks in midstream followed by a smooth finish. Really enjoy this one.

16th October 2016

A repeat for sure!

Light peat and subdued smoke mixed with a touch of sea salt. Very well balanced and well priced in my opinion. I will definitely buy again!

2nd October 2016

Rich in flavor

It does not have the pronounced intensity of peat that fellow Islay malts like Laphroiag, Ardbeg, and Lagavulin have, but it has enough. It is amazingly rich and complex in flavor. Silky and briny at the start, pleasant bit of burn at the end, and in between it's spicy and citrus notes. Each taste evolves. Non-chill filtered, so you could cut the burn with a bit of distilled water. Delicious. Floral nose.

1st May 2016

Nevada Camel

One of the most complex whiskies I've had. It's right up there with the Ardbeg Corryvrekin and the 1996 Lagavulin DE. On the bottle it says it is a limited release...I sure hope not, because I want some more. I like the Bunna 12 and 18, but I love this!

5th April 2016

This peaty Bunna is a nice surprise.

nice surprise.

27th December 2015


Was sceptical about a smoky Bunnahabhain, but this was a lovely malt. Pungent aroma and smoky, tarry flavour s that didn't overwhelm and really made me want more.

23rd December 2015

Personal favorite

I prefer Islay Scotches, but do not love Bunn 12 or 18 for their noticeable lack of peat. The Ceobanach is Bunn's peaty release and has become one of my absolute favorite Islays. I blind tasted it against 5 other peaty islays and this was the best hands down. The complexity slowly unveils itself and after a sip or two you realize you're drinking a special whiskey. Smoky, peaty, briny, lemony. Highly recommended

10th December 2015

Very nice!

One of my favorite Islays. Very smoky, very sweet, very soft.

5th November 2015


Quite citrus led smoky Bunna. Lots of salt and pepper, but quite straight forward. I think traditional unpeated or slightly peated version are much better.

15th September 2015

its okey

It had a soapy note to it in the beginning. Left the bottle halffull for about 2 months. Soapy was gone. Like the dominating peat in it. Not much bonfire smoke.

24th July 2015

It's a good one

Forgot to rate it...

30th June 2015

It's a good one

I'm always a bit precarious when buying a special release whisky with a fancy name on it, but this one did not disappoint at all. On the contrary: I'm enjoying it very much and would love to buy a second one. The balance between the peat, smoke and sweeter notes is just right for my taste. Kind of like a younger and mellower brother of Uigeadail: very easy to drink.

30th June 2015


After reviewing the 12 as 'not convinced' and thinking is as safe I must say this really is a quality dram. Not your typical Bunna for sure and has enough of a peaty whack to satisfy the fussiest Islayphile. Patience is the keyword with this as it takes a little time to open up. A little waster also helps to enhance the flavours. Well worth the money

23rd June 2015

A good first impression

Only had two drams from the bottle, felt compelled to write a review since I was hugely disapointed by Bunnahabhain Toiteach. Ceobanach on the other hand is good, not fantastic...but still good. Lots of tar in the smell and taste.Reminds me of the tarry notes I get from Ardbeg and Laphroiag Cairdeas (2014). But much more upfront in Ceobanach. Also has other typical Islay notes, salty, vegetable/earthy peat. Dont get much vanilla, but im guessing the bottle will open up as I drink it. Some citrus in the back. It has a strange mouthfeel to it. Feels kinda smooth, but not smooth like no alcohol burn. I feel the alcohol burn alittle...but it has got that pinchy saltiness that I usually get in other Islays.

All in all, a good first impression this one.

13th April 2015

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