Bunnahabhain lies on the eastern side of Islay, overlooking the neighbouring island of Jura, sheltered from the many storms that roll in off the Atlantic Ocean every year. For decades, the island was owned by part of the Campbell family, who dictated everyday life for the population. Located on the shores of the Sound of Jura this whisky is very underestimated by many but is a favourite of those from Islay, it is also the key malt in the Black Bottle range, Bunnahabhain is located just a few miles away from Caol Ila Distillery and the harbour at Port Askaig. The island is home to a very rich Flora & Fauna, with over 15 species of Whales and Dolphins seen around. The island every year.

The Journey of the Octave

Guided tasting Videos with Duncan Taylor's whisky Manager

Join Ian Logan as he guides you through the Octave process and the journey we must follow to reach the finished product. Enjoy the pinnacle of the Duncan Taylor Single Malt Whisky Range.


Pre Octavation

A bonfire by the sea, peaty smoke, salt and maritime character. It is very evocative of a time and place. Fresh and characterful


Mid Octavation

Slightly subdued smokiness but with a fruitness of red apples previously hidden by the smoke. Testament to cask and time.


Post octavation

Dying fire embers, sweet smoke, a little meaty and salty. Very much a whisky for a particular time and place.

About The Collection

Octave Invigorated Whiskies

For upwards of 40 years the team at Duncan Taylor has experimented by maturing whiskies in smaller casks with great success. Our research stemmed from the simple premise that there is more wood interaction with whisky over a shorter period of time in a small cask than in a large cask, therefore allowing a more rapid melding of wood, air and alcohol.
After a second maturation the octave casks have refined the whisky, enhancing its hue, taste, form and character. The flavour profile is gently expanded, a little more sophisticated with the commanding presence of a mature, well-balanced Scotch Whisky.
They have become ‘Octave Invigorated™.
The Octave Collection is extensive with something for all tastes, be it a single malt, a single grain or a blended malt whisky. Featured distilleries include Aultmore, Bhunnahabhain, Brackla, Caol Ila, Glenallachie, Glen Moray, Highland Park, Miltonduff and Tobermory.

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