The Whisky Works reveals second wave of whiskies

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New wave: the core values of The Whisky Works
New wave: the core values of The Whisky Works
A new range of whiskies "with great stories to tell" has been revealed by an innovative arm of leading producers Whyte & Mackay.

A second wave of products has been launched by the company's boutique blending and bottling house, The Whisky Works, with two new, limited edition whiskies now on the market – a classic, 20 Year-Old Speyside Single Malt finished in Cognac casks and an experimental, 11 Year-Old blended whisky called Quartermaster.

The company's whisky maker Gregg Glass said: “I’m incredibly proud of these new expressions which both have unique origins and great stories to tell.

“The Quartermaster is the result of an experiment with four different woods resulting in a truly unique, and vibrant blend.

“With our 20 Year-Old single malt, we have breathed new life into a now silent distillery, and uncovered what is a deliciously floral Speyside gem.”

The Quartermaster

Defined as a “Modern Whisky Experiment”, The 11 Year-Old Blended Scotch Whisky takes influences from Caribbean rum barrels, Spanish sherry butts, and American white oak casks.

The whisky is described to have a fresh, vibrant character, with notes of almonds, rum-steeped peaches, ginger, coffee, and dried fruit.

The Quartermaster is 46.4% ABV and has been bottled with no added colour and no chill-filtration.

The Speyside

The 20 Year-Old Speyside is a single malt finished in 20 Year-Old Cognac casks from a previously-closed Speyside distillery.

The cognac cask finish is described to bring sweet herbal notes to the fore, with aromas of milk chocolate, violet florals, brandy snaps, rose, and strawberries & cream.

The whisky was distilled in September 1998, one of the final production runs before this once grand distillery fell silent forever. It spent 20 years quietly maturing in American White Oak before being finished in cognac barriques for seven months.

The 20 Year-Old Speyside is 47.1% ABV and has been bottled at natural strength with no added colour and no chill-filtration.

Understanding flavours 

Glass spent years refining his skills in brewing, distilling, and maturation to understand the flavours created by different casks as well as building a network of partners across the industry.

He added: “At The Whisky Works, we’ve worked hard to cultivate strong relationships with world-class producers to bring us closer to every part of the whisky making process.

“The collaboration and experimentation involved in the making of these two whiskies really demonstrates the core values of what The Whisky Works is all about.”

The 20 Year-Old Speyside (priced at £150, 70cl) and The Quartermaster (priced at £75, 70cl) are available exclusively for two weeks from The Whisky Exchange from today.

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