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Isle of Skye Raises a Glass to Musselburgh's Festive Racing Calendar

20th December 2010

Edinburgh: Isle of Skye 8 Years Old Blended
Scotch Whisky is building momentum behind its on-going partnership with
Scottish Racing, by increasing its presence at Musselburgh in the
run-up to race days during the festive season and beyond.

the official whisky sponsor of Scottish Racing, Isle of Skye is giving
certain lucky race-goers attending the Christmas and New Year events at
Musselburgh an extra incentive, offering a £1 retail discount voucher
for Isle of Skye. This offer will also run through to Burn's Night at
the end of January.

In addition, visitors will have the chance to win a special VIP experience at Musselburgh Race Course on 16th February, including a three course lunch in The Bistro, with overnight
stay at the luxury four-star Apex Hotel, Waterloo Place in Edinburgh's
city centre.  The lucky winner will also receive a limited edition, hand
numbered, porcelain decanter of 21 Year Old Isle of Skye Blended Scotch
Whisky worth over £200.

Closing date for the competition is Monday 17 January 2011. See for more details and to enter.

into the Christmas spirit, Isle of Skye has created three special
cocktails to be served throughout the festive calendar at Musselburgh
including the new 'Scotch Horse's Neck', a refreshing mix of Isle of
Skye 8 Years Old, lemon juice and ginger ale, as well as a Scotch twist
on a traditional Tom Collins. The 'Merry Christmas', mixes Ian Macleod's
award-winning London Hill Gin with cranberry juice, served over ice and
garnished with dried cranberries.

Isle of Skye will also build on
its 2010 programme of race sponsorship, with the Isle of Skye Blended
Scotch Whisky Handicap, running on New Year's Day and another race on
January 14th at Musselburgh. Isle of Skye will also provide the prizes for Channel 4's Derek Thompson's "loosing betting slip� competitions.

Weir, Marketing Director for Ian Macleod Distillers, commented: "Isle
of Skye's Scottish Racing sponsorship has been a fantastic success in
2010. Our high profile at events such as September's William Hill Ayr
Gold Cup, has really helped raise awareness of the brand to a key
market. Feedback from our sampling and promotion teams over recent
months has been extremely positive, reaffirming why Isle of Skye and
Scottish Racing share a natural affinity and customer base. I look
forward to continuing the partnership in to 2011�.

The official
whisky partner at all five Scottish Race courses - Ayr, Hamilton Park,
Kelso, Musselburgh and Perth, Isle of Skye 8 Years Old Blended Scotch
Whisky is also the sponsor of Scotland's number one National Hunt
racehorse trainer, Lucinda Russell and her team at Arlary House Stables.

of Skye Blended Scotch whisky is available at 8 Years Old, limited
edition 21 and 50 Years Old. An exceptionally smooth and mellow Scotch
whisky containing a high proportion of carefully selected Island and
Speyside Malts, the 8 Years Old has been described by whisky expert Jim
Murray, as "an absolute must for any Islay-philes out there - in fact, a
must for everybody. Your taste buds are beaten up and caressed
simultaneously.  One of the most enormous yet brilliantly balanced
whiskies in the world.â? 

The preferred brand of whisky at all
five Scottish racecourses, Isle of Skye 8 Years Old Blended Scotch
Whisky is served along with three other Ian Macleod brands,
award-winning Glengoyne Highland Single Malt, London Hill Gin and Watson's Trawler Dark Rum.

Isle of Skye 8 Years Old is available in a range of sizes - 1.5 litre,
70cl, 35cl and 5cl with a retail price of £13.99 for 70cl in Tesco.

For further information visit:

UK distribution for Isle of Skye Blended Scotch Whiskies and all other
Ian Macleod brands, contact Alan Wardrop, UK Sales Manager, Ian Macleod
Distillers, 01506 852205

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Notes to editor:


Cocktail Recipes


Scotch Horse's Neck

  • 5 or 6 dashes of lemon juice.
  • 1 large measure of Isle of Skye Whisky.
  • Dash of Angostura Bitters.
  • 2 or 3 lumps of ice.
  • Fill the glass with ginger ale.


Scotch Tom Collins

  • 5 or 6 dashes of lemon juice.
  • 1 large measure of Isle of Skye Whisky.
  • 2 or 3 lumps of ice.
  • Pour into a large glass and fill with soda.


Merry Christmas

  • 1 oz London Hill Gin
  • 1 oz cranberry juice
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Fill with Soda
  • fresh or dried cranberries for garnish