Two Frenchmen Sail In 1941 Fishing Boat In Search For Islay Whisky


GOOD NEWS THEY MADE IT – since setting off from Brittany, France in late August, Maxime Berthou and Mark Požlep have arrived safely at Bunnahabhain Distillery on Islay. The two men have been navigating land and sea in a restored 1941 fishing boat, carrying aged French wood which will be transformed into whisky casks.

Their plan is for the French oak to be crafted into a hogshead cask and filled with Bunnahabhain. Not a bad plan, I am sure you agree!

The Hogshead 733 collaboration saw the two artistic sailors travel 733 miles across the English Channel, up the west coast of England, before making the final leg of the journey towards Bunnahabhain Bay on Islay.

The next stage of the journey will see the wood hand-crafted into whisky casks and filled with peated Bunnahabhain whisky. These unique casks will be laid to rest and matured in the distillery warehouse, before being bottled in a limited edition run of only 733 bottles.

Inspired by craftsmanship, a love of whisky and Bunnahabhain’s seafaring history, Maxime and Mark have spent the last two years painstakingly restoring the fishing vessel and sourcing the unique wood that would go on to become casks.

Maxime Berthou said:
“This has been the trip of a lifetime for myself and Mark. We’ve received such a warm welcome from everyone at the distillery and a delicious dram of Bunnahabhain whisky was just what we needed when we arrived”.

A well deserved dram on the distillery pier!

A well deserved dram on the distillery pier!

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