The Final Chapter Has Arrived

It’s hard to believe that the time has come to close the last chapter of Cask 88 Scottish Folklore Series, a collection of six unique single cask expressions which each embody a different Scottish legend of old. This series of distinct bottles is designed to bond the stories of Scotland’s unique history with the very finest single malts.

The result is a fantastic collection of some of the finest Scottish whiskies, selected to represent the breadth and depth of Scotland’s world renowned culture and heritage, while playing a part in ensuring these enchanting myths and folktales endure for generations to come. We head to the Kintyre peninsula for our final release, home of Campbeltown and the superlative Springbank distillery. If you’re near the water and hear the sound of a bellowing bull – look to the skies: you may catch a glimpse of the elusive and terrifying Boobrie.

The Cask 88 Scottish Folklore Series

Scottish history, culture and folklore are so closely intertwined, it is almost impossible to discern one from the other. Generation after generation have passed on the stories, shared their tales and recounted history and folklore in the same breath. Most common of these are tales of mythical beasts who roam the highlands, stalk the lowlands and inhabit the islands. It is from these magnificent tales that we took our inspiration for this truly unforgettable series and we hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed creating them for you.

The Cask 88 Scottish Folklore Series consists of six unique, single cask expressions; each expression dictating the myth or legend it embodies. This approach is designed to bond the stories of Scotland’s unique history with the very finest expressions of its spirit.

The result is a fantastic collection of some of the finest Scottish whiskies, selected to represent the breadth and depth of Scotland’s world renowned culture and heritage, while playing our part in ensuring these enchanting myths and folktales endure for generations to come.

Introducing The Budō Collection

Capturing the spirit of three traditions at the heart of Japanese culture required a set of expressions that was unlike any that had come before. It was imperative that the collection showcase the legendary ethos of the trades in a manner that would encapsulate the heart of Japanese whisky history, artistic expression and sportsmanship, honoring and respecting each individually, while highlighting the way of life that makes them all tick at the same time. It is against this backdrop that we’re pleased to introduce The Budō Collection, an exclusive limited edition that is more than whisky – it’s a work of art.

The Cask 88 Scottish Folklore Series

Scottish history, culture and folklore are so closely intertwined, it is almost impossible to discern one from the other. Generation after generation have passed on the stories, shared their tales and recounted history and folklore in the same breath. Most common of these are tales of mythical beasts who roam the highlands, stalk the lowlands and inhabit the islands. It is from these magnificent tales that we took our inspiration for this truly unforgettable series and we hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed creating them for you.

The Cask 88 Scottish Folklore Series consists of six unique, single cask expressions; each expression dictating the myth or legend it embodies. This approach is designed to bond the stories of Scotland’s unique history with the very finest expressions of its spirit.

The result is a fantastic collection of some of the finest Scottish whiskies, selected to represent the breadth and depth of Scotland’s world renowned culture and heritage, while playing our part in ensuring these enchanting myths and folktales endure for generations to come.

A Saga in Six Parts

The first in the Scottish Folklore Series told the story of Cù-Sìth, a murderous hound who stalks the Highlands. It was represented by an old and powerful Ben Nevis whisky.

The second release was the Selkie: a complex and alluring whisky found on the Isle of Arran, which captured the mercurial and seductive nature of Scotland’s shape-shifting seal creatures.

The third release came from the Laphroaig distillery on Islay, matured in a wine barrique wise beyond its years. It told the story of Cailleach Beira – Scotland’s Winter Queen and Mother of Gods.

For the fourth release we voyaged to the far North of Scotland, to the Orkney Isles. There we found a dark and rich Orkney malt, and a dark and terrifying equine beast – the Nuckelavee.

We returned to Islay for our fifth release, and the Bowmore distillery. If approached without care, this 28yo ex-bourbon single cask could render a person’s legs to jelly. Such is the work of the Caointeach.

To complete the series, we headed to the remote Kintyre Peninsula to find a cask of unpeated, triple distilled whisky made at Springbank distillery. En route we were harried by a most fearsome beast: the shapeshifting and monstrous marine bird known as the Boobrie.

Cask 88 – The Team Behind The Bottle

We at Cask 88, as the home of rare and old whisky, take seriously our responsibility to promote Scottish whisky internationally. We don’t just deal in casks and bottles of exquisite whisky from the most prestigious distilleries in Scotland, we want to embody everything that is unique and magical about the industry and country we work in.

At its heart, the whisky industry is inextricably linked to time itself. No one can distil a vintage whisky in an afternoon; only time can create that. It is this relationship with time and place which is truly unique to the whisky industry. Over time, this exciting industry creates its own history and folklore, something we want to share with everyone who loves old and rare whisky as much as we do.

The mull of Kintyre is remote, idyllic and peaceful – but danger can spring from nowhere without warning. The deep waters of lochs, or the thick heather on hillsides; both are favoured hiding places for the peninsula’s amphibious top predator.

A bellowing sound like that of a huge and angry bull presages an attack by Tarbh Boibhre, more commonly known as the Boobrie. In shape, it resembles a cormorant or a northern diver, but this monstrous seabird reportedly has the wingspan of seventeen large eagles. A hunting Boobrie can pluck cattle or sheep from the pasture, or even the decks of passing ships if the livestock must be transported over water. Once prey is acquired, the Boobrie dives to the bottom of the sea loch where it can savour its meal uninterrupted. Otters are also a favoured snack for a Boobrie, since they give it no more trouble than shelled peanuts do to you or I.

A cunning Boobrie can shapeshift as it needs, free to take on the shape of a bull, a horse, or even a giant, bloodsucking earwig. These forms allow a Boobrie to hide in plain sight while it plots the perfect ambush.

Though its predatory habits bring it into conflict with humans, the Boobrie does not seem to wish ill on us particularly. When not consumed by hunger, it is an intelligent creature, and has a long memory for repaying any human kindness shown towards it.

Tasting Notes

Nose: A very fresh and sweet start, with the aromas of late summer. Juicy nashi pear wafts in alongside freshly peeled and slightly green banana. Then sweetness becomes more refined and nutty – a pistachio cannoli paired with a sweet white wine.

Taste: This almost starts in the same way as a full bodied pinot grigio, but also incorporates the taste of fresh sugarcane juice cut with a twist of lime. Then the flavour progresses to light almond-flour cake soused in mandarin orange syrup.

Finish: The sweet flavours retreat as quickly as a diving Boobrie, leaving notes of egg custard rolls and lemon blossom. A quick ambush of intensity, followed by a long winding down of gentle sweetness.

The Mull of Kintyre

The Kintyre peninsula in the county of Argyll extends southwards along the west coast of Scotland – a natural sea wall that keeps the waters of the Clyde firth calm. Campbeltown nestles about halfway up the east coast of the peninsula, the peaceful waters of its harbour a boon to the former trade lanes of the steam age.

At the turn of the 20th century, Campbeltown was Scotland’s prime location for whisky distillation, with 34 distilleries crammed into the tiny burgh, supplied with all they needed by the ships that brought ingredients and fuel into the harbour, and carried Campbeltown’s whiskies away across the world’s oceans. Clearly, none of these convoys carried anything of any interest to the Boobrie, as there are no recorded incidents of Boobrie attack on any ships that carried whisky.

Springbank distillery is a darling in the whisky world – they stubbornly make their whisky the old-fashioned way and will not be hurried. Every so often, to shake things up, they produce an entirely unpeated spirit which they distil a third time for extra smoothness. It’s a cask of this triple distilled malt whisky, born in the year 2000, that we present as the 6th in the Scottish Folklore Series. In addition to finding such a rare cask, we feel doubly lucky: If the Boobrie had had any interest in fine single cask Scotch whisky, it would never have let this cask mature for 21 years undisturbed. Its loss is your gain!

Springbank Single Cask – A Triple Distilled Haven

A single cask of 21 year old whisky, triple distilled at Springbank distillery was chosen to become the sixth release in the Cask 88 Scottish Folklore Series and represent the Boobrie of Argyll. The whisky has spent all of its 21 years in an ex-bourbon hogshead. The triple distillation renders the whisky lighter and softer than its double distilled cousin, and the absence of peat allows the subtler flavours to sing more clearly.

This whisky is something of an ambush predator in itself, in that it greets you with a quick rush of fruity and floral sweetness which then eases back to become a gentler, more nutty fragrance. This is surely a whisky for those calm, sunny days that turn the West Coast of Scotland into a paradise.

Beautiful Design

The sixth release in the Scottish Folklore series continues, and slightly subverts, the award winning style that has captivated whisky lovers with artistic interpretations of each mythical creature that are unlike any other you’ve seen before. The Boobrie on the bottle is a peculiar bird in the extreme – especially since it wears hints of the other creatures it has the power to shapeshift into. On its head it wears the horns of a bull, its neck shows the beginnings of a horse’s mane, and the tail is that of a particularly hideous insect. Graceful it may not be, but the Boobrie is not a creature to be trifled with.

Its clawed and webbed feet grasp the skull of its latest meal as it spreads its vast wings and puffs out its chest – confident in its position at the top of the food chain. Behind it is a bed of sea wrack, the ever present adornment of coastal Argyll. The artist Hannah Fleetwood had a peculiar brief for this final Folklore bottle – but we think she’s rounded out the Folklore series in style.

Scottish Folklore Series: The Boobrie

21 Year Old Single Cask Whisky

The final conclusion of the Scottish Folklore Series offers an exceptional triple distilled expression from Campbeltown’s Springbank Distillery. Top off your collection by bringing yet another Scottish legend to your whisky cabinet.

  • Triple Distilled At: Springbank
  • Distilled: 20.03.2000
  • Bottled: 30.08.2021
  • Age: 21 Years
  • Quantity: 290 Bottles
  • Alcohol By Volume: 42.40%
  • Size: 70cl
  • Cask Number: 22
  • Cask Type: Ex-Bourbon Hogshead

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Scottish Folklore Series: The Boobrie

21 Year Old Single Cask Whisky

The final conclusion of the Scottish Folklore Series offers an exceptional triple distilled expression from Campbeltown’s Springbank Distillery. Top off your collection by bringing yet another Scottish legend to your whisky cabinet.

  • Triple Distilled At: Springbank
  • Distilled: 20.03.2000
  • Bottled: 30.08.2021
  • Age: 21 Years
  • Quantity: 300 Bottles
  • Alcohol By Volume: 42.40%
  • Size: 70cl
  • Cask Number: 22
  • Cask Type: Ex-Bourbon Hogshead

On Sale December 13th

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The Scottish Folklore Series: Boobrie is now available for sale. Just 290 bottles were produced making this a highly collectible limited edition. Bearing in mind the success of the previous releases, we expect these to sell out quickly.

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Coming Monday

The Scottish Folklore Series: Boobrie will be released on Monday, December 13th. Just 300 bottles were produced making this a highly collectible limited edition. Bearing in mind the success of the previous releases, we expect these to sell out quickly. If you’d like to jump to the front of the line, request Early Access now.

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