Wednesday, May 22, 2019


Leading whisky blender and bottler Hunter Laing & Co, has today announced the launch of the first expression from its new Scarabus range of single malt Scotch whiskies.

Scarabus Specially Selected (46% ABV) is a non-age stated Islay single malt whisky, from an undisclosed distillery.
Scarabus Specially Selected

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

The whisky creates a sense of mystery and discovery through the mantra “Only those who seek shall find”, with the symbols found on the bottle being intentionally ambiguous.

The look and feel of the bottle drew inspiration from the work of Islay born John Francis Campbell, who created the sunshine recorder, a device that tallies the hours of sunshine in a day, as well as creating a vast collection of Celtic folklore tales.

Ahead of its worldwide release in June, Scarabus Specially Selected will be poured at a number of tours and tastings throughout this year’s Feis Ile (Islay Festival) later this month, at Hunter Laing & Co.’s newly opened distillery on the island, Ardnahoe. 

Commenting on the news, Stewart Laing, Managing Director at Hunter Laing & Co, said: “We’re extremely proud of the Scarabus whisky and the Feis Ile Festival is the perfect place to release the first bottling. We aimed to produce an expression that showcases a traditional Islay whisky style, and the unmistakable Islay smoke matches wonderfully with the rich, sweeter notes that linger on the finish.”

Scarabus Specially Selected, will be available next month from specialist retailers. RRP (tbc).

Posted by Steve Rush