Resilient and self-sufficient, with a highly developed instinct for survival, the natural characteristics of the bear were much admired by our Viking ancestors.
Preparing for battle, Viking warriors believed they could harness the great bear’s mighty power and stamina by wrapping themselves in its skins. These fearless warriors became known as ‘berserkers’, their name derived from the old Norse words ‘ber’ – bear and ‘sekr ‘– skin.
Our island home on Orkney was under Viking rule for over 600 years and their myths and legends have become our own. Intensely smoky with a bold spiciness, SPIRIT OF THE BEAR is inspired by our Viking ancestors’ resilient nature and fierce independence – characteristics that sit at the heart of our whisky making today.
… his men rushed forwards without armour… and were strong as bears… but neither fire nor iron told upon themselves. These were called Berserker.
The Ynglinga Saga, Chapter 6, Of Odin’s Accomplishments
Bright golden straw (average colour tint 10)
Smoky peat | Root ginger | Freshly grated nutmeg | Sweet vanilla pods
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