The Press and Journal reports today about a yacht that's sponsored by Ian Macleod Distillers, who created the Six Isles blended whisky, and you guessed right, here is the connection with Islay. The yacht, named Six Isles, sails around Britain to promote the blend and arrived in Oban last week. I'm not sure though if the yacht visited Islay already. A quote from the article:
A yacht promoting a blend made up of malts from Scotlandâ€™s six whisky-producing islands called at Oban over the weekend, as part of an adventure sail round the British 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. 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.
Apparently this whisky is on the market for several years now given the reviews I found. Jim Murray's Whisky Bible wrote: "The best standard, non-deluxe vatted malt I have found in my lifetime" and "Wow! Fresh, alluring, sensuously smoked with an underlying intense barley charisma... beautifully oily and lush; long, increasingly spicy: a glorious array of vanilla and barley."