Torabhaig Legacy Series 2017 is an Isle of Skye Single Malt. Bottled at 46% it is a strictly limited edition first release bottling from this exciting new Scotch whisky project.
Torabhaig is a new distillery on the island of Skye. It was founded in 2013 and is believed to be only the second distillery opened on Skye in over 190 years (the other, Talisker, was founded in 1930). The distillery is owned by Mossburn Distillers which is part of Swedish pharmaceutical billionaire, Frederick Paulsen’s, empire.
Torabhaig Distillery is located in a listed, 19th century traditional stone farm steading which has been painstakingly restored using local materials. The renovation project began in 2014, the stills and washbacks were commissioned and installed in 2016 and the first spirit flowed from the stills in 2017. The distillery features a specially designed removable slate roof which allows easy access to the two stills for repairs or should they need to be replaced. These are two copper traditional copper pot stills custom made by Forsyths of Rothes. A long fermentation in eight, 8000L Douglas Fir washbacks and plenty of copper interaction during distillation provides fruit-forward spirit. The distillery uses only the purest island spring water from Allt Gleann Thorabhaig and Allt Breacach and will have a capacity to produce around 1.5 million bottles of whisky per annum.
The Torabhaig “house” style is described as “well tempered peat”. Neil Mathieson, Chief Executive at Mossburn Distillers says, “We have created a characterful whisky with real depth and complexity, and an elegance and refinement which belies the extremely high phenol levels in the barley. It is a distinctive take on peat, and it is the first expression of our distillery’s signature style, a flavour profile we call Well-Tempered Peat, which we hope will help define the future of Torabhaig.’
There is no head distiller at Torabhaig, instead a team of nine distillers, many of them new to the industry, but now accomplished brewer-distillers, began work on this new release on January 2017. They have served their apprenticeship under a team of whisky industry mentors and veterans, including consultant brewers, distillers and maltsmen, who have over 200 years of know-how between them.
In the build up to the first Torabhaig 10 Year Old Whisky, there are more there more Legacy Series bottlings planned called Allt Gleann, Cnon na Moine and Allt Breacach.