A rare blended malt made from whisky from eight Islay distilleries has officially been launched.
Explorer’s Cask was made after three adventurers – Explorers Club members Chad Anderson and Justin Fornal along with Johnnie Mundell – swam around the island, stopping at eight distilleries along the 100-mile coastline to create a unique cask. They trio completed the journey in July last year in the space of just eight days.
Chad Anderson, Explorers Club member, said: “This expedition was an epic journey from start to finish. Facing the blistering cold of the North Atlantic for eight straight days was one of the greatest challenges I’ve faced but an amazing adventure, which has produced a unique whisky that will raise money for a great cause.
“I’d always been a fan of Islay’s smoky single malts and, as a whisky lover, an island with eight distilleries was a must-visit destination. However on arrival I was blown away by the scenic landscapes, the wide variety of wildlife and the warmth of the people. This is a very special place and I’d strongly recommend a visit to anyone.”
The whisky is now on pre-sale with 145 bottles available to those who enjoy the taste of adventure. All money raised from the sale of the Whisky will go to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
VisitScotland believe it will encourage visitors to make their own adventures to the island.
David Adams McGilp, VisitScotland Regional Director, said: “With its beautiful landscapes, world class seafood and incredible whisky offering, Islay is a fantastic place with something for everyone.
“We were delighted to help these daring explorers and I hope their adventure, along with this this rare, blended malt, will inspire visitors from across the world to enjoy the wonders of Islay for themselves.”