The Glasgow Distillery recently announced the latest bottling in its Small Batch Series, showing flavor experimentation through the marriage of two distinct Glasgow 1770 single malts with totally different maturation processes.
A statement from the whisky maker notes that the new Glasgow 1770 Red Wine and Ruby Port Cask Finish is the first the distillery has married together by blending two spirit styles that have undergone two maturation styles.
They did so with the brand’s peated whisky, matured in virgin American white oak and finished in Bordeaux red wine casks and its triple distilled whisky, matured in first fill ex-bourbon casks and finished in ruby port casks.
Both cask types were initially laid down in early 2018 and bottled in late 2022, both clocking in at 57.5% ABV.
The distiller had a limited run of 1,925 bottles for this expression, a little more than the number of bottles from previously released Tequila, Cognac, Innis & Gunn beer, and Tokaji wine cask finishes, all of which sold out soon after release.
Mike Hayward, The Glasgow Distillery founder, said the foundation of their Small Batch Series has always been about pushing the boundaries of flavor profiles in whisky. “And our Glasgow 1770 Red Wine and Ruby Port Cask Finish takes this to the next level, marking our first foray into combining two distinct spirit styles with two distinct maturation processes.”
He said in this new blend, the peated whisky element offers a crisp, fruity and smoky experience while the triple distilled element contributes a lighter and smoother style with notes of summer berries and bright spice.
“Together, they harmoniously combine and balance beautifully, jointly offering notes of red berries and dark fruits on the nose, toasted almonds and tobacco on the palate and a long and spicy finish with hints of pink peppercorns,” Hayward said. “The response to previous limited runs in our Small Batch Series has been great, so we’ve increased the availability for this release to make it more accessible to our customers around the world.”
Glasgow 1770 Red Wine and Ruby Port Cask Finish comes packaged in the distillery’s signature, industrial bottle and has a suggested retail price of £59.
It’s available to order now at the distillery’s website and from selected specialist retailers in the UK. It will soon be available in Germany, Taiwan, Belgium, The Netherlands, Denmark, Switzerland and Italy.
For more information, check out www.glasgowdistillery.com.
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