We love news of a collaboration, and this time it's Emporia Brands, teaming up with award-winning The Islay Boys of Scotland to launch its brand into the UK.
Hailing from the Rhinns Peninsula on the isle of Islay, the aptly named Islay boys – Donald MacKenzie and Mackay Smith – are the gents behind the brand's three expressions.
The first, Flatnöse Blended Scotch Whisky, comes in at 43% abv, is non-chill filtered and is said to be rich and creamy, with hints of pepper and smoke. Flatnöse Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (46% abv) is also non-chill filtered, and lightly peated with hints of honey and citrus. Finally, Bårelegs Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky comes in at 46% abv, is again non-chill filtered and is peated and crisp, with subtle sweetness.
'We are delighted to be working with the dedicated and professional team at Emporia to help grow our brands in our home market – we love the fact that the chairman of Emporia Brands, James Rackham, was married on Islay, making us all Islay Boys together,' said Donald and Mackay on the collaboration.
'It’s a rare privilege to be invited to be given the opportunity to sell one of your personal favourite spirits, and Emporia Brands is very happy to be sharing our love for this Islay range with our friends in the UK bars and merchants,' added Rackham.
Flatnöse Blended Scotch Whisky £22.95/70cl; Flatnöse Blended Malt Scotch Whisky £29.50/70cl; Bårelegs Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky £42.95/70cl, Emporia Brands, 01483 458700