Celebrate whisky through the stages

03 September, 2010

A Scottish distiller has launched a range of products designed to demonstrate the various stages of whisky production.

Glenglassaugh’s Spirit Drink range can’t be sold as whisky because the products don’t have the legal minimum three years of ageing.

The range includes new-make spirit straight from the still under the name Clearac. A previous one-off release last year, claimed to be the world’s first, was called The Spirit Drink That Dare Not Speak Its Name.

The spirit from the next stage of production, aged for six months in wine casks, is labelled Blushes. A previous version was packaged as The Spirit Drink That Blushes To Speak Its Name.

Fledgling XB is the name that’s been given to spirit aged for 12 months in Bourbon casks in the new range.

There is also a peated malt version of the new-make spirit called Peated.

All the products are bottled at 50% abv in 20cl packs with an rrp of £13.

Managing director Stuart Nickerson said: “Malt drinkers told us they wanted to try as many variants of our evolving spirit as possible. They wanted affordable sampling packs and different cask types were of great interest.

“We have other variants in the pipeline, including spirit aged in quality sherry wood and for longer periods of time.”?The distillery, on the Banffshire coast in north east Scotland, was bought by the Netherlands-based Scaent Group last year and it has spent £1 million on bringing it back into operation after 22 years in mothballs.

The company is also testing a 26% abv liqueur made with sloe berries in the distillery shop and selected local stores before deciding on a wider launch.

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