John Dewar & Sons releases whiskies as ‘Last Great Malts’

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A range of new expressions and single malts is to be released by John Dewar & Sons under the banner of “Last Great Malts”.

They include Aberfeldy which has been repackaged and brought out with a 12-year-old and a 21-year-old, plus an 18-year-old exclusively for travel retail. Named Highland whisky of the year 2014 by Whisky Magazine, the distillery plans to launch a 16-year-old sherry finish and a 30-year-old in 2015.

Aultmore from Speyside will be available from November with a 12-year-old, a 21-year-old in travel retail, and a 25-year-old in limited quantities.

Craigellachie has released a portfolio of single malts for the first time in its history, with a 13-year-old, 17-year-old, a 19-year-old exclusive to travel retail, and a limited 23-year-old.

Coming in summer 2015, The Deveron will be a new range with 12-, 18- and 25-year-old single malts, characterised by soft fruity notes and an easy-drinking style.

Royal Brackla, which previously released a limited-edition 35-year-old at £10,000 a bottle, will release 12-year-old, 16-year-old and 21-year-old expressions in March. Produced in the northern Highlands, they have a character that is heavily sherried, rich, fruity and full.

John Burke, dark spirits category director for John Dewar & Sons at brand owner Bacardi, said: “The single malt category is one of our industry’s great growth opportunities. We are blessed with five of Scotland’s finest, high-quality whiskies.

“We have great respect for the category and are confident that each of the Last Great Malts will be a fitting addition to the repertoire of the most discerning single malt enthusiast.

“We have been patiently reserving casks and we are now ready to share the five distinguished malts with whisky lovers around the world – each release features an age statement.

“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.”

The single malts, which will be released in phases, will be available as a complete set of five or in various combinations of the expressions in 10 initial markets around the world including the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Russia, Sweden, Taiwan, the US and global travel retail.

The first public showing of the Last Great Malts single malt Scotch collection was at the Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival starting September 25.

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