The Glasgow Distillery recently debuted two new, limited expressions of its Glasgow 1770 Single Malt Scotch Whisky, part of the Small Batch Series.
Following two small-batch releases from earlier this year, The Glasgow 1770 Innis & Gunn Golden Beer Cask Finish and Glasgow 1770 Tokaji Cask Finish are now available, both made in the distillery’s unpeated single malt style.
A statement from Glasgow Distillery notes that this is part of their focus on flavor experimentation, and the first time the distillery has stepped into the world of beer finishing.
The Glasgow 1770 Golden Beer Cask Finish matured in first-fill, ex-bourbon casks and finished in a Pedro Ximénez sherry hogshead previously used to mature Innis & Gunn’s Original Beer for three months.
The distiller’s notes show that the result is a rich, sherry influenced whisky with notes of dark fruits, sticky toffee and vanilla, with a dry and hoppy finish. In all, 356 bottles were made, clocking in at 58.5% ABV.
The Glasgow 1770 Tokaji Cask Finish spent two and a half years in a bourbon cask before being moved to a Hungarian Tokaji cask for more than 18 months. The distiller noted that this is where it developed into a rich, punchy, sweet and fruity single malt with notes of vanilla ice cream and apricot jam.
In all, 210 bottles were made available, clocking in at 58.1% ABV.
Mike Hayward, Glasgow Distillery co-founder, said that moving into beer cask finishing for the first time demonstrates their commitment to cask experimentation and flavor trialing.
“Innis & Gunn is traditionally a beer finished in whisky casks, so our Golden Beer Cask Finish brings the premise full circle, creating a deliciously golden and hoppy whisky, with deep sherried undertones,” he added. “We are always prepared to take risks and push boundaries to create something different for our consumers, and we hope these two bottlings are as well-received as their predecessors.”
With a suggested price of £59 per 70cl bottle, the limited-edition bottles are available from the distillery’s website and at a selection of specialist retailers for UK customers. The Golden Beer Cask Finish release is available from the Innis & Gunn Taproom in Glasgow’s Ashton Lane, where it can be tried alongside the limited-edition beer that preceded it within the cask.
Each bottle features the signature of the member of the whisky-making team that has led on each particular project, showcasing The Glasgow Distillery’s non-traditional approach to collaborate on the whisky creation process as a team.