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Fusion Whisky unveils Scotch-Dutch blended malt

Blended whisky producer Fusion Whisky has launched a new expression combining spirits from Scotland and the Netherlands, called Winter Queen.

Winter Queen is a blend of whiskies from Scotland and the Netherlands

Edinburgh-based Fusion Whisky’s new expression is made using Scotch from the Longmorn and Glenrothes distilleries and malt whisky from Dutch distillery Zuidam.

Bottled at 52.7% abv, the nine-year-old blended malt whisky has a limited release of 866 bottles, and is available through select specialist retailers for £125 (US$174.00).

The new whisky has been created to honour Elizabeth Stuart, the eldest daughter of King James VI and Queen Anne of Denmark.

Stuart was born in Fife, Scotland, in 1596, but spent most of her life in The Hague, Netherlands. She became known as the Winter Queen after marrying Elector Palatine Frederick V, who served as King of Bohemia for one winter in the 1600s.

“Elizabeth’s story is a superb one, and certainly deserving of a wider audience,” said Graham Langley, Fusion Whisky director.

“Our Winter Queen whisky serves to honour this forgotten Scottish princess and to bring greater awareness to her remarkable life and influence.”

Winter Queen has notes of “chocolate and desiccated coconut” on the nose, and a “soft and creamy mouthfeel”.

The expression follows the release of Fusion’s E&K, a Scotch-Indian blend, and The Glover, which blended together Scotch and rare Japanese whisky.

The recipe was created by Adelphi’s managing director and master blender Alex Bruce.

Bruce added: “By taking whiskies matured in different climates, we have been able to create a very new and innovative style.

“Like the historical characters we honour, these whiskies are themselves pioneers, challenging expectations of what blended whisky is. Crucially, these whiskies are also products of international partnerships and friendships.”

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