Isle of Skye Blended Scotch Whisky has kicked off the summer cricket season in style by announcing its official sponsorship of The Ship Inn cricket team on Scotland's most famous pitch - Elie beach in Fife.
Supported by Isle of Skye Whisky, The Ship Inn team's latest win of the season against the Grange Club from Edinburgh, took place on Elie beach on Sunday 27 May, with players and supporters basking in glorious summer sunshine. Beautiful golden sands, bright blue skies and quaint fishermen's cottages provided the perfect backdrop to this traditionally British summertime pursuit.
Filming a special feature for BBC Scotland's Landward on Elie's unusual cricket ground, presenter Dougie Vipond was the honorary member of the Ship Inn team and enjoyed his first ever game of cricket. Broadcast on Friday 1 June at 7pm on BBC Two Scotland, Landward is Scotland's farming and countryside programme focusing on the issues affecting rural communities.
The cricket season will run through to 9 September with home games at Elie taking place every second Sunday. People are being encouraged to come along and support the Ship Inn cricket team for some guaranteed entertaining sport, delicious food at the Ship Inn and of course a wee dram of Isle of Skye 8 Years Old.
Neil Boyd, UK Commercial Director for Ian Macleod Distillers and Ship Inn team player, commented: "Isle of Skye Blended Scotch Whisky is proud to be sponsoring The Ship Inn cricket team this summer.
"We had great fun with Dougie Vipond on Sunday and are looking forward to supporting all the matches at Elie in the months ahead. Whether you are toasting your team's success in this summer's cricket or enjoying a reviving dram at the end of a hard day, we want Isle of Skye to be the Blended Scotch synonymous with that sense of achievement, satisfaction and reward."
Owned by independent bottlers and distillers, Ian Macleod Distillers, Isle of Skye is based on a Macleod family recipe that blends distinctive peaty Island and mellow Speyside Malts. While the majority of Blended Scotch Whiskies are un-aged, Isle of Skye is unusual in its guarantee that all the Single Malts used in its blend recipe are matured in oak casks for at least 8 years.
Ian Macleod has just revealed a new design for its award-winning Isle of Skye 8 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky which will arrive in-store this summer. With a colour palette inspired by the majestic Red Hills of Skye's Cuillin Mountains, the new design celebrates the romance of the 'Misty Isle'. A new label design introduces a striking watercolour sunset over the Isle of Skye, perfectly showcased by a new premium distinctive bespoke bottle.
Described by whisky expert Jim Murray as 'Stunningly evocative', Isle of Skye 8 Years Old is celebrated in his 2012 Whisky Bible, rated as a 'superstar whisky that gives us a reason to live'.*
The Isle of Skye 8 Years Old is available in a range of sizes (1.5 litre, 70cl, 35cl and 5cl). UK stockists include Scottish Tesco and Asda stores and all good specialist drinks outlets. Isle of Skye 8 Years Old can also be purchased online www.isleofskye.com
Other expressions in the range include limited editions 21 and 50 Years Old available in the UK and internationally and an Isle of Skye 12 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky currently only available in international markets.