Following the celebrated launch of their first edition 2017 bottling, the Distillery at Torabhaig announces the launch of a new expression, Allt Gleann.
Blending traditional and contemporary approaches to distilling, the team at Mossburn Distillers operating at Torabhaig have created a stunning new expression. The road to distillation was a long one. The brand first began planning renovations to the distillery in 2002, with renovation finally beginning in 2014.
The original farmstead was built in the late 1700’s with the steading built around 1820 from stones pulled from the ruins of the nearby Castle Camus. As Mossburn planned their renovations, they worked with the historic building. The renovations even included a unique removable roof that will allow the distillery to replace the pot stills without disturbing the building. After four years of renovations, the distillery began making spirits in 2017.
Allt Gleann is the second expression and will be a part of the Legecy Collection from the line. The stunning single malt scotch is bottled in small batches drawn from no more than 30 casks each. “As we have bedded in our new distillery, we have sought the true expression of Torabhaig,” the brand shared. “Through tireless trial and dialogue, then using the findings to inform each next batch, we have evolved a distinctive signature style, our own flavor profile that we describe as Well-Tempered Peat. This distillery signature will be the foundation upon which we build our legacy, and we look forward to witnessing this style develop over our first four expressions to be released under the Legacy Series label, as we dig deeper into the complexity of the flavor of peat to deliver truly exceptional and balanced character.”
Torabhaig’s newest expression, like most single malts, is a rich example of how terroir builds a spirit. The Isle of Skye is ideal for distilling, from the unique microclimate to the access to naturally peated water. The distillery uses two burns (streams) for their pure spring water- Allt Breacach and Allt Gleann. The new launch is named after this important water source.
On the nose you’ll notice the opening peat smoke followed by touches of pipe tobacco, vanilla, and earthy, almost savory hints. On the palate the spirit starts light with some oiliness that leads to vanilla and savory notes of peat, peppercorn, and a touch of smoke.