Hunter Laing & Co. has introduced two brand-new bottlings to the Scarabus Islay Single Malt Whisky range

The blender and bottler has added to its Scarabus Specially Selected range.

Published 7th Dec 2020
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

Hunter Laing & Co. has recently revealed the latest additions to their newest brand from Islay - Scarabus 10 Year Old and Scarabus Batch Strength.

Scarabus 10 Year Old is priced at £45 for 70cl, bottled at 46% ABV and Scarabus Batch Strength is £49 for 70cl, bottled at 57% ABV.

The team at the family owned Scotch whisky distiller, blender and bottler describe the Scarabus 10 Year Old as 'having the profile of sweet Islay peat smoke but with extra complexity.'

Every drop of Scarabus 10 Year Old is aged for a minimum of ten years in refill, ex-bourbon and virgin American oak casks.

To create the Scarabus Batch Strength edition, a small selection of Scarabus Islay single malt casks are chosen to be bottled at a higher strength of 57% ABV.

The result is the signature sweet, peaty profile found in Scarabus, but with extra intensity, mouth feel and an even more lingering finish.

Scarabus, meaning ‘rocky place’ in Nordic, is named after a mystical area of Islay and is, the team say, a whisky range for those with a curious mind and an eye for detail.

Commenting on the release of the new expressions, Stewart Laing, managing director, said: “Following the success of the brand’s launch at Feis Ile 2019, it’s very exciting to add two brand-new expressions to the range.

"Scarabus is a brand which we are incredibly proud of, and to see Scarabus grow and develop like this is really wonderful.”

Adding to his father’s comments, Scott Laing, business development director, said: “It’s always exciting when a new Islay expression launches and we are particularly proud of our Scarabus brand.

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"The flavour is unmistakable, the Islay peat, smoke and sea salt on the nose, followed by warming leather notes and a delightful vanilla sweetness in the mouth, leads to a rich, lingering finish, culminating all the elements which Islay whisky enthusiasts adore.

"We’re very excited to see our ever-loyal Islay whisky fans react to both Scarabus 10 Year Old and Scarabus Batch Strength.”

The two new additions will join the Scarabus Specially Selected range, and are available to buy at Ardnahoe Distillery and online.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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