The Brexit Blend, described as “complex and rewarding” and a “whisky to watch the world fall apart with”, is a union of English, Scottish and Welsh malts as well as a blended malt and grain whisky from Northern Ireland.
The six-year-old whisky’s creators – James Bowker, the Wilderness’s beverage director, and Sacred Spirits’ master blender and distiller Ian Hart – made the Brexit brew in Sacred’s distillery in Highgate, north London, using casks from Madeira and France.
The Brexit Blend isn’t the first drinks release inspired by the decision to leave the European Union, with Grantham-based brewery Newby Wyke re-releasing its ‘Treason’ ale in response to Prime Minister Theresa May’s draft Brexit declaration in December 2018.
While independent charity Full Fact’s latest estimate for UK’s ‘divorce bill’ with the EU is £39bn, the Wilderness and Sacred Spirits are offering a far cheaper alternative with wax-sealed skull bottles with a gift box on sale for £60 each.
However, with only 100 limited-edition bottles going on sale on Friday 29 March – the United Kingdom’s original date to leave the European Union – customers seeking The Brexit Blend may need to resign themselves to ‘no deal’.
“We are delighted to be working again with the Wilderness and hope that our collaboration will bring cheer – whatever lies ahead,” Hart commented.
Bowker added: “Nobody is enjoying Brexit so until we get some sort of resolution, we might as well start the healing process over a stiff one.”
The news follows the reveal of a mysterious new concept from the founder and head chef of the Wilderness by The Morning Advertiser, which requires guests to sign a disclaimer before they begin eating or drinking.