Caisteal Chamuis Debuts With Two Blended Malts

| January 13, 2022

Two new whisky expressions have come to market, both blended Scotch malts honoring Caisteal Chamuis (Gaelic for Castle Camus).

The distillers at Mossburn explained that Caisteal Chamuis 12 Year Old Blended and Caisteal Chamuis Blended Malt Scotch Whisky pay tribute to Hebridean life and lore, and they’re meant to evoke a world of peat fires, lively company, and the misty sea breezes rolling over the Western Isles of Scotland.

The new 46% ABV Caisteal Chamuis Bourbon Barrelled Blended Malt Scotch Whisky looks to strike a balance of heavy island peat smoke notes with a crisp oak spice and vanilla finish.

Caisteal Chamuis

Caisteal Chamuis (image via Marussia Beverages)

The new expressions’ namesake, Caisteal Chamuis, lies on the headland of the eastern flank of Knock Bay, on the Isle of Skye. The once strategic stronghold helped Clan Macleod secure their hold over part of the Sleat peninsula on Skye, and is visible from Mossburn Distiller’s new distillery, Torabhaig.

Last occupied nearly 400 years ago, the first elements of the castle were torn down in the 13th century on the site of an Iron Age fort known as Dun Thorabhaig. The ruins remain a testament to the storied heritage of the Isle of Skye and treat thousands of tourists a year to Scottish history and lore.

Rick Bennett-Baggs at Mossburn Distillers said in a prepared statement that in Caisteal Chamui, they’ve created a “mystifying whisky from the Hebrides, celebrating the life and lore of a past that might have been at the castle. While the story may be mysterious, enjoying a good quality, peated malt whisky shouldn’t be, as we seek to transport drinkers and welcome them to the misty isles of the Hebrides.”

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Caisteal Chamuis 12 Year Old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (SRP £49) and Caisteal Chamuis Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (SRP £39) are available to buy in more than 15 markets including the UK, France, Germany and in the USA.

More official information on each can be found below.

Caisteal Chamuis Blended Malt Scotch Whisky:

Double Barreled – First-Fill Bourbon Finish

  • First aged in refill and first-fill American oak hogsheads.
  • Two stage re-aging with part of the blend in virgin American oak.
  • Heavy char 250 liter barrels, with Fresh Oloroso Sherry European oak heads, and the rest into refill hogsheads.
  • Final aging finish in smaller 200 liter fresh bourbon barrels.

Caisteal Chamuis 12 Year Old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky:

Double Barreled – Sherry Finish

  • Aged for a full 12 years in refill American oak hogsheads.
  • First re-aged in American oak 230 liter barrels that held Oloroso for five full years and were shipped directly from a Bodega in Jerez de la Frontera.
  • Secondly re-aged in specially coopered European Oak 500 liter butts which form its own aging solera. These butts were also seasoned with Oloroso Sherry in Spain.

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