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Glasgow Distillery Co unveils festival bottling

Scotch producer Glasgow Distillery Co has created an exclusive 1770 single malt in partnership with Glasgow’s Whisky Festival.

Glasgow Distillery Co's festival bottling
The 1770 single malt created for Glasgow’s Whisky Festival was matured in a Marsala wine cask

Glasgow Distillery Co is the headline sponsor of the whisky festival, which takes place this Saturday (19 February) at Hampden Park stadium in Glasgow. The event was previously due to take place in November 2021 but was moved to this month.

Glasgow Distillery Co will showcase its range of spirits at the festival, including rum, gin, vodka and its 1770 single malt whiskies.

The Scotch whisky maker worked in partnership with the organisers of Glasgow’s Whisky Festival to create a single cask bottling for the event.

Cask No. 17-598 is a first-fill Marsala cask, filled on 23 August 2017 and bottled at 55.8% ABV on 8 February 2022. The producer filled the cask with its peated whisky, distilled from malted barley which has been smoked to 50PPM with peat from the Scottish Highlands.

The expression is non-chill-filtered and natural in colour, with only 408 bottles of the whisky available.

The resulting liquid offers bonfire smoke, tobacco leaf, butterscotch, figs and marzipan on the nose. The palate brings sweet smoke and dark chocolate, leading to a cracked black pepper spiciness with notes of red apple, almond and shortcake.

Sebastian Bunford-Jones, marketing manager at The Glasgow Distillery Co, said: “We’re delighted to see Glasgow’s Whisky Festival come back online after a few years of uncertainty and cannot wait to once again be able share our spirits with our local audience.

“To be able to collaborate with the organisers as headline sponsors and create a special single cask bottling is especially exciting as it allows us to mark the return of the festival with something truly unique and exclusive.

“We have chosen an exceptional first-fill Marsala cask which has been filled with our smoky peated spirit for the duration of maturation. The combination of soft aromatic smoke and the Marsala wine influence is really lovely, is different from anything else we have released so far and I’m sure it’ll prove popular on the day.”

This bottling is available to buy from the festival shop from 12pm on 19 February, where visitors can choose to redeem their £10 (US$13.56) voucher against the purchase.

A limited number of bottles will be released on the Royal Mile Whiskies website from 6pm GMT on the same day, priced at RRP £59.95 (US$81).

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