UK launch for Islay whiskies inspired by Viking heritage


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Three scotch whiskies inspired by Viking heritage are being launched in the UK through premium spirits specialist Emporia Brands.

Under The Islay Boys of Scotland brand, the bottlings have been created by Donald MacKenzie and Mackay Smith who are both from Islay’s Rhinns peninsula.

Their first three whiskies are Flatnöse Blended Scotch Whisky, Flatnöse Blended Malt Scotch Whisky and Bårelegs Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

They are named after ninth-century Norse king Ketill Flatnose and 12th-century Norwegian king Magnus Barelegs, referencing Islay’s history as part of the Norse Kingdom of the Isles from the ninth century.

Donald and Mackay say they have drawn on the traditions of home and their experiences travelling the world to create “whiskies that they enjoy drinking together with friends and family”.

The Islay Boys of Scotland whiskies will be launched in the UK with Emporia Brands at The Spirit Show in London on December 1 and 2. Click here for tickets.

In a statement, Donald and Mackay said: “We are delighted to be working with the dedicated and professional team at Emporia to help grow our brands in our home market. We love the fact that the chairman of Emporia Brands, James Rackham, was married on Islay, making us all Islay Boys together.”

James added: “It’s a rare privilege to be invited to be given the opportunity to sell one of your personal favourite spirits, and Emporia Brands are very happy to be sharing our love for this Islay range with our friends in the UK bars and merchants.”

In the 2017 International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC), Flatnöse Blended Scotch Whisky was a silver winner while Flatnöse Blended Malt Scotch Whisky was a silver outstanding winner. Bårelegs Islay Single Malt is their newest release.

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