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Ardgowan debuts Shipwright whisky

Scottish producer Ardgowan Distillery has released the second whisky in its Clydebuilt series.

Shipwright whisky, the second in the Clydebuilt series
Each bottle in the series is said to celebrate the generations of workers on the Clyde

The new whisky, called Shipwright, is a blend of single malts sourced from Speyside and Highland distilleries. It is said to offer scents of leather, marzipan, tobacco and sandalwood.

Matured in first-fill oloroso Sherry casks, Shipwright is the second in the Clydebuilt series following the launch of blended malt Coppersmith in 2019.

Distillery chief executive, Martin McAdam, said: “The feedback we’ve had from Coppersmith gives us great confidence in our ability to craft premium whisky with broad appeal. I think it is our best dram yet.”

The whisky is non-chill-filtered and bottled at 48% ABV. It is available for an RRP of £49.99 (US$70).

In 2017, Ardgowan Distillery gained planning permission to build a new distillery in Inverkip, west of Glasgow.

However, construction on the site has been delayed by Brexit and Covid-19, and work is now due to begin later this year.

McAdam added: “Since the moment we launched the business, our goal has always been to build a world-class distillery and visitor centre on the Ardgowan Estate.

“Naturally, our plans have been on hold for some months due firstly to Brexit and then Covid-19, but now I am confident we will start work later this year on our one-million-litre distillery, and we will be in operation by 2023.

“Ardgowan is en route to the islands, it’s near the sea and I think this will help us create a coastal lowland malt of real character.”

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