Whisky Works expands ‘experimental’ Scotch rangeBy Owen Bellwood
Whyte & Mackay-owned blending and bottling house The Whisky Works has unveiled two new expressions, a 20-year-old single malt and an 11-year-old blended whisky.
The Whisky Works’ 20-year-old single malt is from a now-closed Speyside distillery. It was distilled in September 1998 and spent 20 years maturing in American white oak barrels before being finished in Cognac barriques for seven months.
Only 1,593 bottles of 20 Year Old Speyside are being released, each bottled without chill filtration at 47.1% ABV.
Priced at £150 (US$185) per 700ml, 20 Year Old Speyside is said to be “herbal and floral”.
The second release from The Whisky Works is an “experimental” blend called The Quartermaster.
The 11-year-old blended Scotch whisky is made with Highland grain whisky that was matured in ex-rum barrels and finished in pedro ximénez Sherry casks. The grain whisky has been blended with two Speyside malts, one matured in American white oak and the other in Sherry butts.
The Quartermaster is non-chill-filtered and has a “fresh, vibrant character” and flavours of almonds, rum-steeped peaches, ginger, coffee, and dried fruit.
The Whisky Works has released 2,134 bottles of The Quartermaster, each bottled at 46.4% ABV and priced at £75 (US$92) per 700ml.
Whyte & Mackay whisky maker Gregg Glass, said: “I’m incredibly proud of these new expressions which both have unique origins and great stories to tell. The Quartermaster is the result of an experiment with four different woods resulting in a truly unique, and vibrant blend. With our 20 Year Old single malt, we have breathed new life into a now silent distillery, and uncovered what is a deliciously floral Speyside gem.
“At The Whisky Works, we’ve worked hard to cultivate strong relationships with world-class producers to bring us closer to every part of the whisky-making process. The collaboration and experimentation involved in the making of these two whiskies really demonstrates the core values of what The Whisky Works is all about.”