Scotland’s St. Andrews Now Known For Golf And Scotch

The town of St. Andrews on Scotland’s east coast is known mostly for being a golf lover’s heaven with its many well-known golf courses. It is, however, like many other parts of Scotland also tied to whisky making history, with the last distillery there closing down over 160 years ago. Now Eden Mill, a well regarded brewery there, has brought back this tradition with the release of its first expressions.

Two different releases make up some of the first whisky to come from the site where Eden Mill is located, which coincidentally is where the last distillery in this Fife town once stood. The first of these is being called the Hip Flask Series, so named because the seven bottlings which make up this line up are just 200 ml in size. Each expression comes from liquid that was matured in so-called “honey casks” –  first-fill and virgin oak casks that were hand-selected from all around the world, from Speyside to Spain.

“The Hip Flask Series is about applying the pioneering and experimental nature synonymous with Eden Mill to single malt whisky,” said Paul Miller, co-founder of Eden Mill, in a prepared statement, “showing the power of trying different grains, processes, maturation techniques and woods to highlight what you can do differently within the realm of single malt Scotch whisky.”

Only 3,800 bottles across this series are being released in total, each pricing £25, or close to $35 USD, at the distillery. Joining them is the first full fledged Eden Mill single malt whisky, aged just a little over three years from a special marriage of spirit matured in American and French Virgin Oak quarter casks and an ex Pedro Ximinex sherry hogshead.

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Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and...