MacNair’s Boutique House of Spirits, curated by blender Billy Walker, recently unveiled another single malt for its Lum Reek Blended Malt Scotch Whisky range, the 10-year-old Cask Strength Batch 1.
The inaugural batch combines single malt Scotch whiskies from Speyside and Islay and offers what’s said to be a subtly smoky yet sweet flavor profile.
The aged whiskies were sourced by Walker before being blended together with GlenAllachie Single Malt. The spirit was then re-racked into selected Spanish Sherry casks, wine barriques and virgin oak casks for secondary maturation.
Once the final cask selection was determined by Walker, Lum Reek 10-year-old Cask Strength Batch 1 was bottled at a cask strength of 55.4% ABV, without added coloring or chill filtration.
Lum Reek, named World’s Best Blended Malt at the World Whiskies Awards 2020 and Best Blended Malt Scotch at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2021, is owned by independent spirits firm The GlenAllachie Distillers Company.
In July of 2021, MacNair’s underwent a brand refresh. The new identity coincided with the introduction of a new rum line, its first foray into a new spirits category beyond whisky.
This latest blended malt expression comes as Walker celebrates his 50th year in the spirits industry, spanning both distilling and blending for global brands.
“Without a doubt, the most fulfilling element of my role is blending and developing new recipes which enhance the taste experience of individual whiskies,” Walker said in a prepared statement. “MacNair’s Lum Reek allows me to think outside of the box and blend such a wide variety of single malts from across Scotland to achieve the profile I am looking for.”
He delights in blending GlenAllachie expressions, Walker noted, and finds introducing other single malts into the mix is “incredibly interesting and creates something really magical.”
Since Walker became custodian of MacNair’s, he’s sought to keep in step with the spirit of 19th Century founder Harvey MacNair.
“I was keen to explore this concept as a blended malt, and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the outcome,” he added. “Expect an indulgent amalgamation of dark chocolate fondant, vanilla pods, stem ginger and citrus tones alongside puffs of peat smoke.”
MacNair’s Lum Reek 10-year-old Cask Strength Batch 1 is available to purchase via global specialist retailers at the suggested retail price of £59.99.
For more information on MacNair’s Boutique House of Spirits, check out macnairs.com.
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