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A mysterious Islay single malt from Hunter Laing, Scarabus was released to put emphasis back onto the flavour Islay whisky instead of the distillery, while keeping everything else a little secret. We don’t know which distillery it comes from, but Scarabus means ‘rocky place’ in Old Norse, and was named after a mystical area of Islay.
It was initially launched at the opening of Hunter Laing’s very own Ardnahoe distillery on Islay in 2019. The Hunter Laing history goes back to 1949 when founder Stewart Laing’s father Frederick founded his whisky blending business in Glasgow – Hunter Laing wasn’t founded until 2013, after Stewart had been working in the industry for 55 years.
Sea spray and sweet peat mingle with apricot jam, black pepper spice, and woody smoke.
Sweet and smoky, with earthy tea, vanilla, and lemon jam backed up by savoury hints.
Beach bonfire smokiness lingers alongside cigar box and stewed berries.