The Scalasaig ‘Island Hopper’

It has been a while, but I attended a tweet tasting. And again, it was a blast.

This time it was inaugural Scalasaig Island Hopper release, which has a limited release to 3,000 bottles.

The whisky has been produced using ten unique casks of single malt whisky with a distinctly maritime style, which were vatted by and re-racked into first-fill European sherry oak casks to finish their maturation.

The label of the wee little bottle is a lust for the eye, attractive indeed. With the situation in the world, a tasting like this give you other thoughts, happy thoughts. There is so much going on in the world, corona is effecting us all.

Did you know that The Scalasaig ‘Island Hopper’ bottle label is said to evoke the vintage travel posters of the 1930s?

It sets your mind to something enjoyable! 😘

The Scalasaig ‘Island Hopper’  – 43%

  • Color: Amber gold
  • Nose: smoky, mossy, green leaves, dry hay, stewed green apples with a drop of pear nectar, oranges, walnuts that has been in the oven for a little while, but also salty popcorn and 95% pure chocolate with a filling of dark fruit
  • Taste: Creamy, dried fruit tea, walnuts, caramel with a salty edge, but also green apples, strawberries, mandarin, oranges, raisins, a drop of grapefruit and ginger. But also, toffee, soft like it melts in your mouth
  • Finish: Long, sticky and it tickles the cheeks (what I like!)

The peated whiskies are vatted together with other island malts (Mull/Orkney) and sherry aged malt from a coastal distillery, before being filled into Dry Oloroso sherry casks for a full 12 months finishing.

Colonsay Beverages Ltd, was founded by Keith Bonnington, who has a background in Scotch whisky, having previously worked for Whyte & Mackay, and then 11 years with Edrington. The brand commissioned Isle of Skye-based artist, Peter McDermott (one of the very few in Scotland to use this vintage style), to illustrate their red sail boat’s journey of discovery, breaking the waves and catching the Atlantic wind.

The twitter tasting was full with joy, laughter and information around the whisky.

Curious about more amazing online tastings? Visit The Whisky Wire for more information and sign up. And if you wish to read more about this tasting, visit Twitter and find the tweets of other participants who joined this wonderful tasting.



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