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Innis & Gunn launch Islay whisky cask beer in collaboration with Laphroaig

Innis & Gunn's latest limited edition will appeal to beer and Islay whisky lovers.

Published: April 16, 2021

Scottish brewer Innis & Gunn has launched an Islay whisky cask limited edition beer, in collaboration with Laphroaig.

Islay Whisky Cask is a 7.4% amber ale slowly matured in Laphroaig 10-year-old single malt scotch whisky casks - Laphroaig’s signature expression.

Just 3,400 bottles of Islay Whisky Cask will be available to buy in the UK from Friday 16 April, via the Innis & Gunn online shop.

During its 12-week maturation, the beer has extracted complex flavours from deep within the whisky casks – peat smoke and brine, hallmark Laphroaig notes, plus hints of vanilla and floral aromas.

These nuances, combined with the rich, warming malty flavours from the malted barley used to brew the beer, create a unique taste that'll appeal to beer and whisky fans.

Each bottle is presented in a gift-box, created in collaboration with renowned Scottish artist Hope Blamire, who was specially commissioned to create an artwork which evoked the atmosphere of Islay.

The box shows crashing waves, salt spray and brooding skies depicted in bold colours.

The beer has both the signature peat-smoky, floral aroma notes of Laphroaig, while also expressing hallmark Innis & Gunn malty, deep flavours in perfect balance.

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Dougal Gunn Sharp, founder of Innis & Gunn said: “Islay Whisky Cask truly evokes the island that inspires both our brew and the iconic Laphroaig.

"The rich peated earth and Islay terroir infuse the whisky with its distinctive, complex flavours and it is these that we sought to capture in this bold, limited-edition brew.

"The result is evident even before you take your first sip, as you open the bottle, you’re welcomed with the distinctly peaty, complex aroma that defines Laphroaig.

“The Islay Whisky Cask collaboration – Innis & Gunn, Laphroaig and Hope Blamire – is a perfect example of the quality that can be achieved when you work innovatively with your craft and unite with other complimentary talents.

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“Working with Hope Blamire completes a strong Scottish trio of raw Scottish craftsmanship.

"Her painting beautifully captures the rugged, dramatic beauty of Islay and the resulting packaging shows drinkers that they are in for something special.”

Chris Richardson, global sr. director at Laphroaig added: “We’re excited to partner with another iconic Scottish drinks brand to bring together the richly peated flavour of Laphroaig with Innis & Gunn’s bold amber beer.

"The ‘Islay Whisky Cask’ limited-edition is perfect for anyone who loves the unforgettable flavour of Laphroaig and wants to experience it married with the deep, rich flavours of one of Scotland’s top beers.”

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Islay Whisky Cask is available in 330ml bottles from Friday 16 April from at £6.96 per bottle.

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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