It is not uncommon to see young American distilleries turning to outsourced whiskey as a way to generate some revenue while patiently waiting for their own product to come of age in barrel. It isn’t something you see as commonly in Scotland, though, since most distilleries there are significantly older. One operation known as The Glasgow Distillery Company is going this route, however, with the recent acquisition of some whisky casks that were left “quietly [to] sleep for nearly three decades.”
The batch of aged single malt Speyside casks come from an unnamed source and into the hands of Glasgow through a chance meeting between its owners and those of the aging whisky. The first planned one off release from these casks will be a 26 year old expression called Prometheus, a name “inspired by the classical foundations of Greek Mythology, the great Titans, who were renowned for their strength, passion and charisma.”
Prometheus 26 Year Old, bottled at 47% ABV and pricing at £380 (around $580 USD), is said to combine “the smoky influence of peated barley with the wonderfully zesty and floral notes typical of the [Speyside] region.” A limited amount of it is planned for release in the early part of this year, according to distillery officials, while more of it will be held back for additional aging. Official tasting notes for it are below.
Nose: A warm and welcoming bouquet with sweet notes of butterscotch, aromatic heather, orange zest and smoky charcoal.
Palate: Satisfyingly longlasting, creamy and peppery with aromas of roasted nuts, nutmeg and clove entwined with hints of Madagascan vanilla, dark chocolate, rich fruitcake, heather honey, candied fruits and smoke.
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...