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Wolfcraig debuts 30YO inaugural whisky

Whisky distillery Wolfcraig has released its inaugural bottling, a 30-year-old premium blend, created by master blenders Richard Paterson OBE and Ian MacMillan.

L-R: master blenders Richard Paterson OBE and Ian MacMillan

The Premium Blend whisky was created by master blenders Richard Paterson OBE and Ian MacMillan.

The pair created the brand in 2020 alongside former founding director Michael Lunn, his son Jamie Lunn, and business partner John Moore.

Paterson described the new release as a “rare and luxurious whisky that really is something out of the ordinary”, and added: “The first bottling of our rare 30 years old Wolfcraig Premium Blended Scotch whisky marks a true milestone.

“This pursuit of excellence has taken many years of dedication, commitment and a relentless passion – it has been a memorable journey. It has taken 30 long years to craft this noble icon but it will only take a matter of seconds to recognise the blend’s outstanding credentials.”

Retailing for £425 (US$531), the whisky is a blend of rare casks selected by the master blending duo.

The liquid has been matured in first-fill American white oak ex-Bourbon casks, before being married with specially selected Pedro Ximenez and oloroso Sherry butts from Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.

Paterson continued: “We are so proud of what we have achieved over the years and this rare blend confirms our relentless dedication and passion. Producing our Wolfcraig 30 Years Old Premium Blend has given us a treasure chest of pure liquid gold for you to enjoy. Toast and taste its rare excellence and unsurpassed beauty, you will not be disappointed.”

Paterson has held the role of master blender for Whyte & Mackay since 1975, while MacMillan has more than 40 years’ experience working with brands including ​​Bunnahabhain, Tobermory and Deanston.

MacMillan said: “Between Richard and I, we have almost 100 years of experience. I don’t think there’s ever been another project like it.”

The 30-year-old whisky is available to purchase from the brand’s website.

Jamie Lunn said: “It is very rare that two master blenders collaborate on one project, and we’re very proud to have both Richard and Ian working under the Wolfcraig banner. This partnership is what makes our offering to the world whisky market so unique and special.”

“They’ve each been pouring through their exclusive and extensive contacts books over the past three years to source the very best casks and parcels of whisky to form a curated production plan that will produce rare and aged releases for the next four years.

“After three years of hard work behind the scenes, it is an incredible milestone for Wolfcraig to have our first release bottled and ready to be shipped to our valued customers. We are really proud as a team of the product we have put together and are excited for the feedback from whisky lovers around the world.”

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