Scotch and Japanese whisky hybrid launches
Two age-statement blended malt whiskies created using liquid sourced from Scotland and Japan have launched in homage to 19th Century industrialist Thomas Blake Glover.
Glover, known as the “Scottish Sumurai”, was born on Fraserburgh, Scotland, in 1838 and went on to help lead Japan’s industrial development in the 19th century.
Blended at the Adelphi Distillery, the two whiskies were launched simultaneously in Aberdeen and Tokyo on Monday 26 October as part of The Glover whisky range.
The first bottling – The Glover 22 Year Old – has been created using three single casks: one refill ex-Sherry hogshead distilled at the Hanyu Distillery in Japan, one American oak ex-Sherry hogshead distilled at the Longmorn Distillery in Scotland, and one Spanish oak ex-Sherry butt from Scotland’s Glen Garioch Distillery.
The variant, which was assessed by Adelphi Distillery’s managing director Alex Bruce and whisky expert Charles MacLean, is limited to just 390 bottles worldwide.
The second bottling – The Glover 14 year Old – is also blended from Scotch and Japanese malt whiskies and is limited to a run of 1,500 bottles.
“We wanted the final whisky to present the unique flavours of both casks, but also to be even more than the sum of its parts,” said Bruce. “We added a drop of whisky from Glen Garioch Distillery in homage to Thomas Glover’s home in Aberdeenshire, to complete the flavour profile.”
Earlier this year, Beam Suntory launched Bowmore Mizunara Cask Finish, said to be first ever single malt finished in mizunara oak casks.