Scarabus may be an Islay single malt you are unfamiliar with, but do not be surprised. A whisky bold about its origins, but a little hard-to-pin down about pretty much everything else. And even more mysteriously, Hunter Laing have managed to get a 10-year-old variation of the mysterious single malt. Produced by an undisclosed distillery on Islay, this was bottled together after a decade of gently maturing in a combination of refill, virgin oak, and ex-bourbon casks.
The nose is smoky, with notes of buttery pastry, sea air, and floral notes. On the palate lies notes of vanilla pods, dried spice heat, and brown sugar. The finish is everything you would expect from an Islay distillery, full of peat and warming.