Our latest release The Bothy is now live

Scotland has a particularly storied history with witchcraft which has shaped large swathes of what our modern western concept of witchcraft and magic has become. The very idea of what a witch might look like can be traced back to Scottish influences.

Witches Whisky Bottle with Smoke

Spirits & Sorcery

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Scotch whisky and witches are not so distantly related, as it happens. The art of distilling whisky was often done by women, and the bubbling alchemy of spirit distillation could be seen as near enough to the brewing of magical elixirs that female distillers could be accused of witchcraft.

Double, double, toil & trouble...

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The endurance of witchcraft in popular media owes much to William Shakespeare's "Macbeth". Thought firmly in the realms of fantasy for the modern day reader, the play was extremlely topical of its time. Penned just nine years after the publication of "Daemonologie" authored by Scotland's own King James VI as a compendium on the perceived dangers of witchcraft. This was the King's justification of his brutal witch hunt across Scotland, one of the largest in Europe's history.

Shakespeare is thought to have referenced many of the tropes established by his new paranoid King, who had recently ascended to the English throne as King James I. "Macbeth" solidified these notions in the collective consciousness for over four centuries. The play, with its witches tempting a lord into regicide, mirrored James's concerns and illustrated the dire consequences of such temptations. Shakespeare's troupe, "The King's Men," reflected his need to appease the patron king, resulting in a portrayal that sensationalised and vilified the witches. The iconic introduction of the Weird Sisters in "Macbeth" has been replicated on countless stages, canvases, and screens. Now, our in-house designer and illustrator, Hannah Sneddon, offers her take in our Scottish Witchcraft Series.

Her interpretation continues a tradition of artistic representations shaped by "Daemonologie" and "Macbeth," demonstrating the lasting impact of these works on the modern understanding of witchcraft. The dark and haunting elements they introduced persist in our cultural imagination, reminding us of the centuries-old interplay between literature, history, and art in shaping our beliefs about the supernatural.

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Eerie Artistry

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Our in-house illustrator, Hannah Sneddon, draws inspiration from Shakespeare's "Macbeth" and centuries of adaptations for The Weird Sisters in our Scottish Witchcraft Series. The eerie trio, dressed in rags, present a concoction with macabre ingredients - eye of newt, adder’s fork, tooth of wolf. They spin their prophecy surrounded by poisonous plants and a brinded cat, and on the horizon sits the silhouette of Cawdor Castle, of which Macbeth is granted thaneship. Their true gruesomeness, however, is only revealed in darkness - the specialised phosphorescent ink will glow in the dark after exposure to light...

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Macbeth’s Scotland

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Blair Athol Distillery is nestled at the bottom of the Cairngorm National Park in Perthshire, Scotland - the very same region in which several acts of Macbeth take place. To this day many still exist, including Glamis Castle, Dunsinane Hill and Birnam Wood.

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Tasting notes

This single cask bottling of 26 year old Blair Athol at cask strength is a symphony in Sherry, a true sipping whisky which evolves and develops in the glass, giving you layer after layer of rich flavours.

Immediate and intense. Swiss milk chocolate, stewed dates, cinnamon and nutmeg laced walnut brittle drizzled in hot caramel. Develops over time into molasses and dark chocolate torte.

Richly sweet and complex. Dark chocolate ganache, waning into pecan pie. Subtle spices lend a vivacity to the mid-palate. Lebkuchen abounds.

Very long and rich, evolving from salted caramel chocolate through raisins and fig and into smoothly resinous black treacle. Eventually charred oak and bay leaf, along with marmalade, provides the final encore.

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Whisky profile

Distillery Blair Athol
Cask number #7654
Finish Oloroso Hogshead
Colour Sanguine Mahogany
Distillation date 26/07/1997
ABV 53.4%
Bottling date 25/09/2023
Age 26 Years

Just 219 bottles

This ephemeral and unique single cask expression is exceedingly limited. Previous releases have sold out in hours so give way to temptation yourself and conjure a bottle of your very own now.

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Unfiltered bottles showcase what independent bottlers bring to the whisky industry. The whiskies are unique – single cask, unblended expressions, they cannot be repeated once the supply is drunk – they are ephemeral, presenting each individual cask as its own entity. By their nature, single cask whiskies are available in small batches of just a couple of hundred bottles. The whiskies will be straight from the cask, untampered with. No colouring, no chill-filtering and no dilution.


The Collection

Unfiltered Whisky Bottle
The Bothy

This highly limited release presents an exquisite single cask expression from the lost Imperial Distillery, distilled in 1998 right before the distillery closed its doors for good. While seeking solace in a single cask for 25 years, this well-rounded liquid has notes of heather honey, pear tart, orchard fruits, vanilla and toffee with a dose of earthiness.

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This summer, in a secluded bothy amongst the Cairngorm Mountains, renowned artist Jonathan Freemantle harnessed the elements of his surroundings, grinding rock into pigments then blending with water from a nearby stream. His original artworks embody the essence of Scottish terroir, as does the precious liquid within.

Bothy Sign
Artist Jonathan Freemantle
Scotland at its purest

Designed and crafted by acclaimed Edinburgh-based South African artist Jonathan Freemantle.

A Bothy in Scotland
Inspired by the wilderness of the Scottish Highlands

Jonathan embarked on a residency in a remote and secluded bothy amongst the Cairngorm Mountains

Artist Jonathan Freemantle
Crafted with passion

Here he harnessed the elements of his surroundings, grinding rock, minerals, earth and flora into pigments then blending with water from a nearby stream - the very same elements from which the whisky was crafted

Every bottle is a work of art

Every part of this expression, from the original artworks to the stand it sits on, and the whisky within, are all sourced from the natural landscape embodying the essence of Scottish terroir

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With only 200 bottles ever produced, each with its own unique design, these truly are a collector’s item. A lottery for which one you’ll receive adds to the personality that will sit upon your shelf.

200 Bothy Labels

The Bothy with Jonathan Freemantle