Last night saw the reveal of the second whisky in Edinburgh-based Cask 88's Scottish Folklore Series of single cask bottlings.

The whisky – unveiled in the beautiful surroundings of Borthwick Castle near Edinburgh – is a 22 Year Old single cask whisky distilled at the Arran distillery, and is represented artwork of a Selkie both on the label and the box.

Long feared by fishermen and island dwellers, Selkies shed their skin to change from seal to human form, and will seek human lovers to drag to the ocean’s depths, according to legend.

The whisky, which is available to buy now at £200 per bottle, joins the 45 year old Ben Nevis Cù-Sìth single malt in the collection. And buyers will need to be quick as only 183 bottles are be available.

The Ben Nevis 1972 Single Malt (70cl; 43.2% ABV; £650 RRP): Cù-Sìth picked up gold medals at the 2018 International Wine and Spirits Competition and features a design inspired by the Cù-Sìth, a terrifying large hound, with a murderous bark, said to stalk the Highlands of Scotland.

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Picture: Cask 88

Intended to bond the stories of Scotland’s unique history with the very finest expressions of its spirit, the Cask 88 Scottish Folklore series will consist of six unique, single cask expressions, each featuring a mythical beast who has roamed the highlands, stalked the lowlands or inhibited the islands.

“We’re thrilled to offer such a remarkable single malt as the second in this already acclaimed series,” said Cask 88 Director Patrick Costello.

“I’ve never seen an Arran whisky so dark; it displays fantastic maturity and colour for a whisky of its age. We’re thankful that the Selkies haven’t chosen to steal this special liquid for themselves.”

The event also saw the company reveal that they are selling extremely rare bottles of a 50 year old Glenlivet single malt.

In a live, online broadcast, viewers and guests were given information on The Glenlivet distillery history as well as an insight into the bottle, case and tasting notes of this rare dram, which is on sale for £6,800.

The 22 Year Old Arran 1997 Single Malt: Selkie from the Cask 88 Scottish Folklore Series is available to purchase through the Cask 88 website and from WhiskyFoundation.com for worldwide delivery, and in person from Cask 88 Sales Managers globally.

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