Innis & Gunn release more Laphroaig Islay whisky cask ale

More Innis & Gunn Laphroaig Islay whisky cask ale will be available this month.

Published 20th Apr 2022
Updated 20 th Sep 2023

Last year, Innis & Gunn collaborated with Islay based whisky maker Laphroaig, to brew a limited-edition beer, Islay Whisky Cask which was a sell out success.

Islay Whisky Cask is a 7.4% Scottish Red Ale which has been slowly matured in rare, Laphroaig single malt whisky Quarter Casks.

Priced at £7 per 330ml bottle, Islay Whisky Cask will be available again via the Innis & Gunn online shop from 25 April.

Each bottle of Islay Whisky Cask comes with a specially designed gift carton, making an ideal gift option for beer and whisky lovers alike.

First unveiled last year, Islay Whisky Cask quickly became brewer Innis & Gunn’s fastest selling limited-edition, selling out in record time both through the brewer's online shop and across international markets.

For 2022, Innis & Gunn has been able to release more beer to meet demand, however, the rarity of the casks in which the beer has been matured means availability will still remain limited.

Islay Whisky Cask has the hallmark Laphroaig aromas of peat smoke and brine, as well as vanilla, coconut and floral notes, which combine with the malty sweet notes of the beer.

This year, each bottle of Islay Whisky Cask is presented in a gift box created by contemporary landscape artist Ellis O’Connor.

Dougal Gunn Sharp, founder and master brewer, Innis & Gunn said: "Islay Whisky Cask is a truly distinctive beer which offers both beer and whisky lovers a very special, completely unique, drinking experience.

"The packaging immediately evokes the island of Islay and from the moment you open the bottle, you are transported, welcomed by the iconic, unmistakable Laphroaig aroma.

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“Innis & Gunn’s collaboration with Laphroaig last year was so well received, we knew we wanted to brew this inimitable beer again and make it even better, if we could.

"This year, we used rare Laphroaig Quarter Casks. These unusually small casks provide a greater contact area between beer and cask, resulting in incredible depth of flavour and intensity in the finished beer.

“I am immensely proud of Islay Whisky Cask, which perfectly demonstrates Innis & Gunn’s quality, premium approach to brewing, an ethos which is applied not just to our limited-editions, but our core range too, including our award-winning Innis & Gunn Lager Beer.”

Chris Richardson, global senior director, Laphroaig added: “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Innis & Gunn, a brand that shares not only our Scottish heritage, but more importantly our dedication to craftsmanship and quality.

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“This second Islay Whisky Cask release brings the influence of our Quarter Casks to life beautifully, balancing hints of peat smoke and brine with the deep malty notes of a Scottish Red Ale.

"It’s a new way to experience Laphroaig’s signature bold flavour that whisky fans and beer lovers alike are sure to enjoy.”

Islay Whisky Cask is available via the Innis & Gunn online shop from 25 April, priced at £7 per 330ml bottle.

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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