Yacht Promotes Island Whiskies

Adventure sail around Britain draws attention to special blend of malts

A yacht promoting a blend made up of malts from Scotland’s six whisky-producing islands called at Oban over the weekend, as part of an adventure sail round the British Isles.

Sailing school and charter company Plain Sailing is being sponsored by Ian Macleod Distillers to spread the word about its Six Isles blend using the 46ft Bavaria class vessel, named Six Isles.

The crew has been provided with stock and point of sale to promote The Six Isles throughout the voyage in more than 60 UK ports, including all the Scottish whisky islands that make up The Six Isles blend.

The yacht arrived in Oban Bay on Friday evening, and is expected to leave this afternoon.

The next stop will be Tobermory, on the isle of Mull.

The voyage started in London and the boat sailed along the south coast, before coming up the west.

As well as the skipper, two of the crew are yacht master certificate students, and two are there for the experience.

Created by the malt team at Ian Macleod Distillers, The Six Isles is a blended island malt made with the best of mature malts and selected from casks drawn from distilleries on Islay, Jura, Mull, Arran, Skye and Orkney.

Iain Weir, marketing director at Ian Macleod Distillers, said: “This sponsorship is the perfect synergy for The Six Isles Blended Malts.

“Blended malts are a great way of introducing a curious younger audience to the malt whisky sector as innovative newer brands such as The Six Isles and Monkey Shoulder do not have any of the traditional constraints of many of their single malt counterparts.”

Stuart White, director of Plain Sailing, said: “Sailing around the British Isles is one of the great adventures, complete with challenging conditions and breathtaking scenery.

“The Round Britain Experience is a well- established training and adventure programme that has been finely tuned to provide one of the best sailing experiences in the world.”