Torabhaig reveals Cnoc Na Mòine whisky - the third chapter in its Legacy Series 

The latest expression from the Isle of Skye distillery uses sherry casks for the first time to elegantly reveal the tempered peat of its distillery character

Published 3rd Apr 2024
Updated 3 rd Apr 2024

Torabhaig has recently unveiled Cnoc Na Mòine, the limited edition third chapter in its Legacy Series that charts the journey to a ten-year-old expression.

Meaning “hill of peat” in Gaelic, Cnoc Na Mòine is an elegantly peated single malt inspired by the Isle of Skye.

Cnoc Na Mòine is also the distillery’s first release that includes single malt matured in sherry casks.

The whisky showcases the impact that rich sherry casks can have on the elegant smoke and brine character of Torabhaig.

Tasting notes from the team include: On the nose there are hints of orange peel and dying embers with a subdued peat smoke aroma giving way to vanilla and freshly sawn oak.

The peat smoke returns to the palate before the light spirit brings in pepper, balsamic acidity and gentle spice alongside fragrant touches of cedar and leather. 

The Gaelic naming, and the nod to the geographical features that make the distillery’s location so special, is an homage to the distillery’s creative muse, the Isle of Skye, which both shapes and inspires the whisky. 

Torabhaig Cnoc Na Mòine

Neil MacLeod Mathieson, Torabhaig whisky maker said: “There is an intriguing complexity to peated whisky, an endless depth to explore. 

“There are many faces and moods to peat, so a balance has to be found between strength and refinement, between elegance and robustness. Each expression in the Legacy Series captures our progress towards this vision and is a liquid snapshot of our whisky journey here on the Isle of Skye. 

“This is the first expression where sherry casks have played a part in our journey as well. The way new flavours are revealed through time with different casks is such an exciting thing for a younger distillery to discover and highlights the magic of whisky-making that can’t quite be explained, although it can be bottled.”

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Cnoc Na Mòine is the latest in The Torabhaig Legacy Series, a collection of Single Malts from the Isle of Skye distillery that charts Torabhaig’s journey to a ten year old and the experimental steps to establishing a future flagship expression which embodies the house style.

Whisky lovers who are following the journey and have been lucky enough to enjoy Torabhaig’s inaugural release, Torabhaig 2017 – The Legacy Series, alongside Torabhaig Allt Gleann and Torabhaig Allt Glean Batch Strength – can now add a fourth Torabhaig bottling - Torabhaig Cnoc Na Mòine to their collection.

Torabhaig Cnoc Na Mòine is priced at £58 and is available from the distillery and specialist retailers

Torabhaig Distillery, Teangue, Isle of Skye, UK
Torabhaig Distillery, Teangue, Isle of Skye, UK, IV44 8RE
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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