WHISKY fans will have to visit Balmaha fast if they want to score a bottle of limited edition single malt bearing the village’s name.
And even if they can’t stretch to the £105 price tag of their own bottle from the village shop, they can still enjoy a dram of the exquisite whisky at the Oak Tree Inn.
Limited to a single cask – just 270 bottles – the cask-strength malt has been selected for bottling by Oak Tree Inn proprietor Sandy Fraser with help from master distiller Ian MacMillan who has described the Balmaha dram as “the nicest whisky I’ve tasted in 35 years”.
Sandy has dreamt of bottling his own whisky since his first assignment as an apprentice electrician in the early 70s when we was sent to Drambuie to help re-wire the bottling machines.
“I’d never tasted whisky before,” says Sandy. “But I quickly grew to enjoy it and learnt more about whisky while carrying out electrical work in many distilleries across Scotland over subsequent years.”
The Balmaha whisky is just the start, as Sandy plans to expand the range with more bespoke whiskies as and when he finds the right malts.