Selkie Introduces Maritime Malt to Scottish Folklore Whisky Series

The second whisky in Cask 88’s award-winning Scottish Folklore Series of single cask bottlings is a 22 Year Old single cask whisky distilled at the Arran distillery, represented by the Selkie, now on sale to the general public.

April 17, 2019

EDINBURGH — Wednesday 17 April 2019 – Edinburgh-based whisky broker and independent bottler Cask 88 have just revealed the second in their multi-award-winning series of single cask whisky bottlings inspired by legends of Scottish folklore to be a 22 Year Old Arran 1997 Single Malt (70cl; 42.4% ABV; £200 RRP) represented by the capricious Selkie. Long feared by fishermen and island dwellers, Selkies shed their skin to change from seal to human form, and will seek human lovers to drag to the ocean’s depths, according to legend. Only 183 bottles will be available.

The first in the series was a 45 Year Old Ben Nevis 1972 Single Malt (70cl; 43.2% ABV; £650 RRP): Cù-Sìth, which picked up gold medals at the 2018 International Wine and Spirits Competition in the “Highland Single Malt 30-45 Year Old” category and the “Design & Media Awards” category, and a gold medal at the 2018 Independent Bottlers Challenge. The Highland single malt featured a design inspired by the Cù-Sìth, a terrifying large hound, with a murderous bark, said to stalk the Highlands of Scotland. Intended to bond the stories of Scotland’s unique history with the very finest expressions of its spirit, the Cask 88 Scottish Folklore series will consist of six unique, single cask expressions, each featuring a mythical beast who has roamed the highlands, stalked the lowlands or inhibited the islands.

“We’re thrilled to offer such a remarkable single malt as the second in this already acclaimed series,” said Cask 88 Director Patrick Costello. “I’ve never seen an Arran whisky so dark; it displays fantastic maturity and colour for a whisky of its age. We’re thankful that the Selkies haven’t chosen to steal this special liquid for themselves.” The 22 Year Old Arran 1997 Single Malt: Selkie from the Cask 88 Scottish Folklore Series is available to purchase through the Cask 88 website and from for worldwide delivery, and in person from Cask 88 Sales Managers globally.

Tasting Notes:

Nose – The nose is very luxurious with delectable notes of sweet Demerara sugar, Coca Cola and classic sherry cask dried fruit. These give way to some warming autumnal aromas ranging from sweet roasted chestnuts to dried tobacco leaves and hints of tree bark with some malted cereal notes still preserved.

Taste – Viscous to start, with rich dark fruits and rum molasses to the fore. This meanders through cardamom and cinnamon, reaching creamy salted caramel. Sweetness fades, leaving gentle centre palate woodiness and black pepper.

Finish – The finish brings soft oak and more dried tobacco leaves. This gradually makes way for lasting hints of ground peppercorn, sugared almonds and the unmistakable aroma of Scottish sea breeze.

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About Cask 88

Whisky cask broker and independent bottler Cask 88 is on a mission to take discerning clients on a journey from cask to glass, by offering clients the opportunity to select, purchase, label and package their own exclusive whisky drawn from the finest Scottish whisky casks. The company founders have been trading collectible single malt since 1987 and opened the Asia office in 2013; now Cask 88 offers a wide selection of old and rare casks from world-renowned distilleries, and provides end-to-end care that includes cask procurement and storage, bespoke packaging design and bottling services. An extensive inventory and expansive global network provide an unparalleled selection of fine whiskies, which attracts a wide clientele from London, Hong Kong and Beijing to New York.                 Twitter                      Facebook

For all press queries, photos or to arrange an interview with Director Patrick Costello, please contact Miriam Rune: | +44 7740 339 628


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