Glasgow Distillery debuts cask-finished rangeBy Nicola Carruthers
The Glasgow Distillery has released two limited edition 1770 whiskies as part of a new line, including a Tequila cask-finished single malt.
Tequila Cask Finish and Cognac Cask Finish are the first bottlings in the distillery’s new Small Batch Series.
The range aims to highlight the producer’s collaborative approach to distilling and experimentation with a variety of casks.
Glasgow Distillery co-founder Mike Hayward said: “The Small Batch Series is a premium range of whiskies we’re looking to introduce to the global marketplace.
“It will be an ongoing series of hand-selected batched releases of single malts which will give our customers insight into the cask trials we run at the distillery and into the great whiskies we’re trying every day.
Tequila Cask Finish is a single cask release of the distillery’s unpeated single malt, filled in 2018 into a first-fill ex-Bourbon cask followed by a finishing period of more than 12 months in an ex-Tequila cask.
With an ABV of 55%, the whisky offers notes of rich honey, fresh apples, pears and tropical fruits. Only 295 700ml bottles are available.
Cognac Cask Finish (56% ABV) uses the distillery’s signature peated style of malt whisky, filled in 2018 into virgin American oak casks and finished for more than a year in premium Cognac casks.
Limited to 882 700ml bottles, the single malt provides notes of smoky barbecue sauce, dark fruits and earthy spice.
“The Cognac Cask Finish and Tequila Cask Finish are just the beginning of what will be an experimental range that reflect our ethos of exploration and innovation,” Hayward added.
Brighter colours were selected for the design of the limited edition releases to reflect the flavour profiles of each whisky.
Each bottle features the signature of the member of the whisky-making team that led the project.
Priced at £59 (US$69) each, the limited edition whiskies will be available from the distillery website and at a selection of specialist retailers for UK customers from today (23 August).
Both expressions will be available in Germany, with the Cognac Cask Finish available to buy in the Netherlands and South Korea.
The new releases follows the brand’s move from 500ml bottles to 700ml bottles across its 1770 range.