Celebrations for Scotland’s greenest whisky distillery

Adelphi's Ardnamurchan malt whisky. 13 Nov 2016. Copyright photograph by Tina Norris. Contact Tina on 07775 593 830 info@tinanorris.co.uk www.tinanorris.co.uk

One of the country’s newest and greenest distilleries is celebrating after pre-orders for its very first batch of mature spirit exceeded the number of bottles available.

Independent bottler and distiller Adelphi released its Ardnamurchan Spirit 2016 AD following plenty of interest, producing just under 2500 bottles. But it received orders for three times that amount, despite the spirit being too young to be called whisky.

Alex Bruce, Managing Director of Adelphi and the Ardnamurchan Distillery, said: “Prior to a launch we contact our UK and international agents and distributors to gauge interest and take pre-orders.

“While it’s not unusual for there to be a healthy amount of interest in our whisky, the demand for our new Ardnamurchan Spirit was exceptionally high. We’ve produced 2500 bottles but we could have easily sold three times that amount. Pre-orders were 7500 at the last count.”

The 2016 AD spirit has been vatted from carefully selected casks that had been maturing in Ardnamurchan since production started. These were then left to “marry” for three months in large sherry butts. Just under 2500 bottles of the spirit were produced. Legally, a spirit can only be called whisky after it has been aged for three years.

“Released as a one-year-old, our Ardnamurchan Spirit 2016 AD has a remarkable nose, taste and deep colour for its age,” Alex said. “It has a dense, sweet nose of Acacia honey and salted caramel; a mouth filling texture of minty toffee and a maritime, smoky richness with a kick of chili pepper; liquorice and eucalyptus combine with vivid peat smoke, from a working malt kiln, on the finish.”

The Ardnamurchan release follows the recent launch of The Kincardine whisky, which was created in partnership with Fusion Whisky and is a blend of Scotch and Indian single malt whisky, another innovation from the Fife-based firm.

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