The Torabhaig Legacy Series 2017 is a peated masterpiece, born from tradition, exceptional quality, and a truly unique location.
This first-edition bottling of their single malt scotch whisky comes from the second legal distillery built on the Isle of Skye, The Distillery at Torabhaig. Although only in production for three years, they’ve artfully crafted an “elegantly rugged” scotch whisky with a simple philosophy of “without haste.” This special edition whisky shows off the signature style of the Distillery at Torabhaig and is a sign of the genuinely distinctive whisky to come from the Isle of Skye.
Mossburn Distillers, the company behind Torabhaig, set out to make a heavily peated whisky on The Isle of Skye because of their heritage in the area. However, the land surrounding the distillery couldn’t be more perfect for whisky-making. Torabhaig boasts a unique microclimate, surrounded by two naturally peaty water sources, contributing to their “well-tempered peat” flavor profile. They source their barley from the North of Scotland, which is also peated to their requirements. This process gives the barley high phenol levels, which are expressed differently due to their distillation methods.
Not only is the location beautiful, but it’s built on a lot of history. The Distillery at Torabhaig occupies renovated historic buildings, some of which were originally built using stones from the ruins of Castle Camus nearby. They have preserved the site’s history as best they can, including the remains of an old mill wheel, which is now fully functional and powered by cooling water from their stills.
The master distillers at the Distillery at Torabhaig were brand-new to the industry when they first began production in 2017. However, they are locals to the Isle of Skye, who have all brought new ideas and unique expertise into the whisky they make. With some mentorship and training from a team of industry veterans, these distillers are now an accomplished team who have also instituted a “Journeyman Project,” which involves team members making whisky from their own recipes for future release.
The Torabhaig Legacy 2017 will be available globally starting February 2021 through specialty whisky retailers, priced at $60. If you’d like to visit post-covid, the distillery is open on weekdays to visitors and provides tours to small groups if you book in advance.
Torabhaig has also launched a member’s club called The Peat Elite, a subscription service that includes two exclusive bottlings per year. For more information, you can visit their website Torabhaig.com.