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Scarabus Bottling Note

Sourced from an undisclosed Islay distillery comes Scarabus, a single malt from Hunter Laing launched for Fèis Ìle 2019. Scarabus means ‘rocky place’ in Old Norse, named after a mystical area of Islay. The whole expression is quite mysterious, from the secretive distillery to the golden symbols adorning the bottle. A very handsome bottling housing delicious Islay whisky.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Classic notes of maritime peat smoke, sea spray and sea salt, with a subtle hint of vanilla and oak spice.

Palate: Oak char, old leather, stewed orchard fruit and vanilla sweetness returning among the smoky peat.

Finish: Lingering bonfire smoke, salted caramel and fresh berries.

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Scarabus Reviews

Very nice, very reasonably priced

Personally thought this was very nice, quite a soft smoke to it not one to blast your face off but still there. Nice nose, very good palate and a good finish. Is it the best Islay I've ever had? No, but it's a damn good dram, and at this price I'm not quite sure were anyone's getting a better Islay dram from. Definitely worth a go, for the price a no brainer.

p.s. If I was taking a punt as to which distillery this is from I'd guess Cao Ila, there is a softness and subtle nature that is very reminiscent of Cao Ila for me.

15th June 2020


An overpriced entry to Islay. Glad I tried but not again!

24th May 2020

A great value introduction to Islay Single Malt

Bourbon cask vanilla sweetness and maritime smoky peat? Wonderful stuff from Hunter Laing here. As it's an undisclosed distillery, my guess would be a Caol Ila.

It is a delicious dram. I've recommended it to many as a great Islay dram that doesn't extort the high premiums that many other bottlers demand. Lovely design too. If Compass Box were selling a bottle this pretty, you'd expect to pay at least £100, and that would be for a lesser dram. At £38, it's an absolute steal, you won't find a tastier Islay malt for that price.

26th April 2020


Pi$$ poor - not what I expect from an independent bottler at all

16th April 2020


Looks nice but delivers nothing else. No impact no interest. Just marketing BS and no care for spirit quality

8th April 2020

Poor representation of Islay

Very one dimensional. Tastes like a 4 YO north easterly distillery that’s been matured in bad wood. Not good.

5th April 2020

Great QPR and beautiful bottle.

Delicious Islay Whisky. Not too over the top in terms of the Peat and just enough sweetness to balance everything out.

18th February 2020

Inexpensive, fantastic Islay malt

A inexpensive Islay whisky, worth the money for sure! Creamy with notes of vanilla custard, light peat smoke and leather. My guess would be Lagavulin, but not 100% sure

8th January 2020

Definitely worth the money

Can't work out which distillery its from but it's excellent. About to buy my second bottle!

22nd October 2019


Nice if a little below average.

Looks good, tastes young and is very poor in my opinion. I don’t get why they’ve done this. Buy whisky, package it and claim they’ve done something... it’s a strange concept... not for me.

13th September 2019

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