Whisky brands of the future: Part two

22nd August, 2017 by Annie Hayes

Eden Mill St. Andrews, Scotland

The roots of Fife-based Eden Mill are entrenched in whisky distilling – indeed for most of the 19th century, the Haig family produced grain whisky on-site at what was then the Seggie Distillery. Said to be Scotland’s first single-site distillery and brewery, Eden Mill prides itself on its experimental style, specifically when it comes to maturation. The experienced team, headed by founder Paul Miller, most recently released a trio of 2 Year Old Oak Aged Spirit, intended as the “prelude” to the launch of the distillery’s inaugural single malt whisky in 2018. Eden Mill also offers an ‘Art of the Blend’ blended whisky range, now on its fourth batch, which sees a range of whiskies finished in different barrel types and sizes for around one year. The resulting whisky is married and bottled to highlight the wood varieties.

Kyrö Distillery, Finland

Located in an old dairy in the Finnish village of Isokyrö, Kyrö Distillery Company is committed to distilling its entire portfolio from whole-grain rye – the “most Finnish” of grains. The distillery is currently ageing a single malt rye whisky made from 100% malted wholegrain rye, with the first batch slated to hit shelves sometime this year. Until then, Kyrö has made its new make spirit available for purchase – called Juuri New Make, meaning ‘root’ or ‘origin’ – which complements its core gin offering and range of small batch distillation experiments called ‘Study’.

2 Responses to “Whisky brands of the future: Part two”

  1. HarryB says:

    I am missing the Ardnamurchan Distillery, founded by the Adelphi Company.

  2. Hello,
    France is the main market for scotch whisky and the third for whisky/whiskey. 50 whisky distilleries are operating right now in France. They will be 100 in 2020, probably. The sales of french whisky (brewed, fermented, distilled and aged in France) were about 800 000 bottles last year (2016), more or less the same than japanese whisky in France (1 000 000 bottles). It will be 2 000 000 by 2020. Big distilleries just opened (La Mine d’Or in Brittany) or are under construction (Moon Harbour in Bordeaux).
    In France, we know how to malt (Soufflet and Malteurope are number 1 and 3 in the world for maltings), how to brew (1 000 working breweries here in France), how to distill spirits (2 000 working stills in France, 10 working coppersmith companies), how to age spirits (all the big cooperage companies – except BF, the number one – belong to french companies, even Speyside Cooperage) and how to blend (wine and cognac, for exemple). And we like to drink spirits a lot (460 millions bottles last year, including 200 millions bottles of whisky).
    The next big thing in the whisky world is french whisky. And the SWA already know that. They put french governement under pressure and single malt is now defined in a law and should be produce like in Scotland. Well played as we french do not want to do whisky like scotch and we do not want to be compared to scotch whiskies. No point for us.
    But it will not stop the sense of history. French whisky will be massive in the coming years.
    I’ve been working as the communication manager of La Maison du Whisky between 2005 and 2013 (helping to establish japanese whisky in Europe, organizing Whisky Live Paris) and I am know the director of the Fédération du Whisky de France (which reunites 50 whisky producers/bottlers of french whisky) and it’s the reason why I changed: The future of french whisky is now and tomorrow.
    Best regards,
    Philippe Jugé

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