Company launches Scotch-Indian whisky blendBy Amy Hopkins
The makers of the “world’s first” Scotch and Japanese whisky hybrid have launched a new blend containing liquid from Scotland’s Glen Elgin and The Macallan distilleries and India’s Amrut Distillery.
Last year, Edinburgh-based Fusion Whisky Limited launched The Glover series of premium whiskies – a range inspired by 19th century industrialist Thomas Blake Glover containing liquid from Scotland’s Glen Garioch and Longmorn distilleries and Japan’s Hanyu distillery.
Alex Bruce, master blender and managing director of Scotland’s Adelphi Distillery, created the expressions in collaboration with whisky expert Charles MacLean.
Just last month, Fusion said it was in talks with other international distillers to create more hybrid expressions using Scotch whisky and inspired by historical characters.
Now, the company has unveiled The Kincardine brand, a Scotch and Indian whisky hybrid inspired by the 9th Earl of Elgin and 13th Earl of Kincardine Victor Bruce, who served as Viceroy and Governor General of India between 1894-99.
Bruce, great-grandfather of Adelphi’s Alex Bruce, was also a liberal politician who pioneered improvements to India’s railway system, helped stabilise the rupee, pacified India’s volatile border with Afghanistan and worked to combat drought and famine.
“With The Kincardine, we’ve blended two single casks of malt whisky from Amrut Distillery in Bangalore with Scotch whisky from Glen Elgin and Macallan distilleries,” said Alex Bruce, who once again blended the hybrid expression.
“The fruitiness of the mature Speyside malts works beautifully with the Indian whisky, creating a very complex, international flavour. It has its own unique profile, showing both the individual elements that different maturation climates can offer and, at the same time, capturing a new overall style. I was really excited by both the challenge and the outcome.”
Just 800 bottles of The Kincardine, which carries an age statement of seven-years-old, have been released at an RRP of £135.
“The concept of using fusion whisky to celebrate the historic ties between Scotland and so many countries around the globe is something we pioneered with The Glover,” said David Moore, director at Fusion Whisky.
“This innovation was so successful – selling out almost immediately and exporting to 15 countries – it was always our ambition to create another fusion whisky.
“With Alex’s personal connections to Amrut distillery, as well as the story of his great-grandfather, it was clear we had an excellent opportunity to create another unique and ground-breaking whisky.”
Fusion Whisky, which recently secured support from Scottish Development International, confirmed that there is “scope” to produce more variants of The Glover and The Kincardine in the future.