About The Distillery
If whisky had existed at the time the Vikings ruled the seas, there’s little question that malt from the islands of Orkney would have been the whisky that gave them the courage to embark on expeditions and the loquacity to spin tales of their deeds long into the night.
Distilled on the Orkney islands off the north coast of Scotland, the whisky is suffused with the traditions, iconography and myths of the region. The landscape around the distillery is stark and treeless – a place where the green of grassy hills rolls straight into a profound blue ocean. For half the year, the Orkneys are bathed in pale northern sunlight, the other half plunges them into cold and sentimental night. It is a place where one can truly imagine that Norse Gods and animal spirits stalk the clifftops and hide behind the cresting waves.
In the middle of all this, this malt offers a beautifully mellow dram – sweet and honeyed, perhaps reminiscent of the Norsemen’s mead that predated it. The peat drawn from the local treeless moors is floral and dry when burned – a perfect highlight to this more gentle style.
Buyer’s note: Whitlaw is a pseudonym for a secret Orkney distillery. When bottled, the label may refer to the distillery brand name as such: “distilled at XX distillery’, as long as it’s not overly prominent.
Buyer’s note: We cannot offer a photo of this cask due to the regulations on Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations that are imposed in the warehouse.