b'DRINKPrevious page: Skibos silver anniversary gin includes botanicals from the castle garden. This page, clockwise from left: whisky served at Skibo; Ardnamurchan Distillery casks; the Skibo gin features juniper berries, coriander seeds, orange peel and lemon verbenaand executive chef Craig Rowland. Martin recommends a simple serve: It tastes great with just lime and tonic.As impressive as Scotlands gin distillery scene is, however, its unlikely that whisky will concede its crown as the king of Scottish spirits. Always seeking to provide8 3something extra-special for members to try while at Skibo, Munro set out to find an exceptional whisky that would excite the palate. To this end, she befriended Alex BruceMaster of the Quaich and liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Distillers. As custodian of independent whisky bottler Adelphi Selection, Bruce strives to secure the finest, rarest mature casks, including, for The Carnegie Club, the surprisingly decadent for its years 2007 from Teaninich distillery, just 20 miles from Skibo. Drawn from a first-fill former-Oloroso sherry cask, it is the colour of old mahogany with amber lights, and offers flavours of tangy citrus peel and a slightly burnt bread-and-butter puddingnext to one of the oldest oak forests in Europe, he says. Chris Tubbs; Julie Fraser Photography; Andrew Ashton Photographywith raisins soaked in brandy, says Bruce.Ardnamurchan has a richness of peaty water, which gives To mark The Carnegie Clubs quarter century, Bruce isthe whisky a beautiful softness, he explains. Bruce is tasked with securing another appropriately mighty liquid,currently filling 60 to 70 casks per week to ensure theres to decant into up to 700 bottles in which members canstock when The Ardnamurchan single malt is released in invest for pleasure and posterity. Casks are never the same,2021, and a limited number of new casks are made available he notes. In any given year we will reject 30 to 40 beforeeach year for private ownership, with storage, maturation, finding the right one, which means a lot of sampling. Oncebottling and insurance all taken care of by the distillery.a cask is uncovered thats special enough to meet BrucesBruce grew up with the Carnegie name ringing lots of eye for the extraordinary, it will be made availablebells, he says. The Carnegies were tenants on my familys exclusively to members, to add to their collections. estate and farm. Andrew Carnegie put a lot of money into To ensure a future supply of fine Scotch whisky,the Dunfermline area. My great-grandfather, Victor Bruce, Bruce masterminded what is billed as Scotlands greenestbecame good friends with him. Both were quite diminutive distillery, The Ardnamurchan, in 2014. It sits on a finger ofin stature, but larger than life in what they did. rocky land reaching the furthest westerly point of the UK,If exceeding expectations is something to raise a glass north of the Isle of Mull. We sit on Loch Sunart, which isto, there can be no better tipple to toast with than one of Scotlands second largest sea loch and completely unspoilt,Skibos remarkable finds. '