New Expressions and Never-Before-Released Single Malts
John Dewar & Sons Ltd., one of the most respected names in the world of Scotch whisky, has announced plans to release a range of new expressions of never-before-released single malts. This release, unprecedented in the whisky category, will introduce a treasure trove of top-shelf whiskies to consumers around the world.
The distinguished drams of CRAIGELLACHIE®, ABERFELDY®, AULTMORE®, DEVERON® and ROYAL BRACKLA® will launch as the “Last Great Malts,” each with a compelling story and character.
“We have been patiently reserving casks and we are now ready to share the distinguished malts with whisky lovers around the world – each release features an age statement,” adds Stephen Marshall, Single Malts Global Marketing Manager.
“Up until now, these amazing liquids have been Scotland’s best-kept secret, known only to a few. Now we’re appealing to single malt drinkers – people who like stories and enthusiasts who are interested in exploring the aromas of the world’s most complex spirit. We are excited to bring two of these single malts to the United States this year with the rest to follow in the future.”
For generations, these distinctive whiskies have been distilled and left to mature undisturbed in oak casks. Now, at last, whisky aficionados the world over will be able to taste the single malts from these distilleries in their authentic form.
CRAIGELLACHIE AND ABERFELDY LEAD THE PACK TO THE US MARKET
CRAIGELLACHIE releases a portfolio of single malts for the first time in history. The distillery stays true to its traditions of whisky-making, including the use of worm tubs – so called for their coiled copper tubing – to cool the spirit. The brand was described as “old-fashioned” even in 1891 as it makes no concessions to modern-day trends. Single malt fans appreciate CRAIGELLACHIE for its remarkable sulphuric, savory, meaty character. CRAIGELLACHIE makes its way from the distillery doors this month with a 13-year-old and a 23-year-old, with future expressions to come over time.
ABERFELDY, known as the “Golden Dram,” draws its water from the Pitilie Burn. Pure and fresh, its waters are famed for containing deposits of alluvial gold. The dram is much admired for its honey notes, displaying a classic Central Highland style rarely tasted in single malts today. Named “Highland Whisky of the Year 2014” by Whisky Magazine, ABERFELDY is repackaged and available globally as a 12-year-old and a 21-year-old.
LAUNCHING IN THE U.S. 2015
AULTMORE is a rare Speyside malt known locally as “a nip of the Buckie Road.” The distillery’s water filters down through the misty, mysterious area called the Foggie Moss. AULTMORE is rated top-class and is a dram sought after for its gentle grassy notes. AULTMORE will be available in 2015 with a 12- year-old and a 25-year-old in limited quantities
Coming in summer 2015, DEVERON, a new range of 12-, 18- and 25-year-old single malts, made where the River Deveron meets the open seas. Offering “calm from the storm,” it’s the perfect fireside malt. Soft fruity notes combine with an easy drinking style to make THE DEVERON a favorite with the work force of the distillery.
With a previous limited edition release of a 35-year-old $15,000 a bottle, ROYAL BRACKLA is a truly regal malt. Founded in 1812, in the northern Highlands, it hails from the first distillery bestowed with a royal warrant and has since been lauded as “The King’s Own Whisky.” Heavily sherried, rich, fruity and full, ROYAL BRACKLA is a fine dram to savor as it slowly reveals its complexity. To be released in March 2015 as 12-year-old, 16-year-old and 21-year-old expressions.
For more information on the new single malt expressions, the five distilleries, tasting notes, crafting, and heritage, please visit LastGreatMalts.com.