Hunter Laing & Co. Scarabus Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
Third generation indie bottlers and blenders, Hunter & Laing, originally created the Scarabus brand for the 2019 Feis Ile (Islay Festival of Music and Whisky). The name refers to a mystical area on the Isle of Islay, and the name dates back to 13th century, translating to “a rocky place” in Old Norse. This particular bottling carries no age statement (NAS) and the source is is not disclosed (other expressions are in the pipeline). It comes handsomely presented and bottled at 46% / non chill filtered with a flavour profile summed up as "A great all around Islay".
Other reviews... ... showcasing a real skill for blending and if Compass Box were to release this – noting the branding and visual apparel is very much of their ilk – it’d be wrapped up in more nonsense than a Boris Johnson leadership campaign;... Thankfully, we have a common sense approach, delivering a worthwhile whisky and an affordable one. It shows what can be achieved with a little skill. Setting a fair price for the experience and not trying to fleece whisky drinkers. A welcome surprise and something to quell the overhyped passion many have for the Lagavulin 8-year-old. - malt-review.com
Notes from the bottlers... Islay peat smoke and sea salt on the nose, followed by warming leather notes, stewed rhubarb and a wonderful vanilla sweetness in the mouth, leading to a rich lingering finish.