Thursday, January 06, 2022


Colonsay Beverages, has announced the launch of its second Scalasaig ‘Island Hopper’ bottling.

The Scalasaig ‘Island Hopper’ 2013 Tobermory Edition (46.5% ABV) is a single malt Scotch whisky, comprised of four casks which were all distilled and filled at the Isle of Mull based distillery.

Scalasaig 'Island Hopper' 2013 Tobermory Edition

The casks were married together prior to being filled, into the same sherry hogsheads in which the brand’s inaugural Blended Malt was matured, for an 18 month finishing period.

Named after the little Hebridean port village on the Isle of Colonsay where the company has its Wild Island Distillery and former brewery, the Scalasaig ‘Island Hopper’ Scotch whisky brand explores and bottles the best of Scotland’s island and coastal distilleries.

Commenting on the launch, Keith Bonnington, Company Director at Colonsay Beverages, said: “We launched our Blended Malt right at the start of the pandemic so we haven’t been able to get out to our markets anywhere near as much as we had planned. That said, the response to the Scalasaig brand and the quality of the liquid has been really encouraging and we expect our Single Distillery Vintages and Single Cask releases to build even further consumer interest.”

Keith went onto say: “We have built up our inventory of casks from a number of island distilleries to explore the different elements of these whiskies – some are heavily peated, some aren’t peated at all. Some offer big savoury maritime notes and others are fresh, sweet and light. This is the beauty of island Scotch Whisky – you’ll never find two exactly the same”.

In addition to the Scalasaig ‘Island Hopper’ brand, over the last 18 months Keith Bonnington has also launched the first two batches of hugely successful releases from The Whisky Cellar Private Cellars Selection, and more recently the first two releases from the new Easy Sipper range, and the resurrection of the Brig O' Perth blended Scotch whisky brand.

Limited to 1,450 bottles, The Scalasaig ‘Island Hopper’ 2013 Tobermory Edition, will be available later this month from specialist retailers, for a RRP of £67.00.

Posted by Steve Rush