Scottish distillery Isle of Raasay has released a single cask Scotch whisky to mark the end of poet Jackie Kay’s tenure as Scots makar
Kay, who is the third makar to have been appointed by the Scottish government, has held the position of Scots makar and national poet of Scotland since 2016.
Featuring a poem written by Kay called Here’s Tae Ye! on the label, the expression is bottled at 53.2% ABV, and available in a limited release of 375 bottles.
The collaboration between Isle of Raasay Distillery and Kay was arranged by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) with 10% from the sale of each bottle will be donated to Glasgow Women’s Library, which in addition to being a lending library is also an archive about women’s lives dating back to the 1930s.
“We’ve been delighted to work with Jackie on the Makar’s Malt, which is a fabulous celebration of poetry and whisky – both of which are central to Scotland’s identity, and to its past, present and future,” said Karen Betts, chief executive of the SWA
“I hope it will inspire people to visit our Hebridean distilleries, of which the Isle of Raasay Distillery is one when they are able to once the pandemic has eased. They will not be disappointed – by the whisky, poetry nor the views.”
For more information go to raasaydistillery.com