Elisabeth Stuart, die älteste Tochter von King James VI und Queen Anne von Dänemark, ist die Person, der Fusion Whisky und Adelphi ihre neueste Zusammenarbeit gewidmet haben. Man verfolgt ja mit Fusion Whisky das Konzept, historische Personen aus Schottland zu würdigen, die fern der Heimat Berühmtheit erlangten, und hat das bereits mit Blends aus schottischem sowie japanischem oder indischem Whisky getan. Diesmal hat man sich für Holland entschieden.

Portrait of Elizabeth Stuart, the Winter Queen, as the Biblical Queen Esther, by Gerard van Honthorst. Courtesy of Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder

Die 1596 in Fife geborene Elisabeth Stuart ist das Bindeglied zwischen den Stuarts und dem Haus Hannover und lebte in Den Haag. Die hostorische Bedeutung von Elisabeth Stuart beschreibt der englische Text der Aussendung so:

As eldest daughter to King James VI and I and Queen Anne of Denmark, Elizabeth was always destined for a place in the history books. While still a child, she was caught up in the web of intrigue during the infamous Gunpowder Plot.  At 16 she was married to Elector Palatine Frederick V and the couple moved to Bohemia, where they reigned. But after a year the couple were besieged and forced to flee Prague, earning the couple the moniker, the Winter King and Queen.

Elizabeth spent the next 40 years living in The Hague, campaigning for her lost lands and establishing a royal court that became an artistic and diplomatic hub whose influence extended across Europe. She also became a figurehead for the thousands of Scottish mercenaries based in the Netherlands.

Dr Nadine Akkerman of Leiden University is the leading authority on Elizabeth Stuart. She said: “More politically cunning than her grandmother, Mary, Queen of Scots, and more belligerent than her godmother, Elizabeth I, she never relinquished the title Queen of Bohemia, even though she spent upwards of forty years in exile in The Hague after but a year in Prague.”

Dr Akkerman said that the thousands of letters Elizabeth wrote to statesmen and stateswomen, generals, lieutenants, ambassadors and other diplomats, showed the complex, witty and influential character of Elizabeth, whom history has largely overlooked.

She added: “During her years in exile, she changed court culture in the Netherlands and was matriarch to a family that included artists, warriors, natural philosophers and one queen mother: George I was her grandson.

Man hat nun ihr zu Ehren einen Blend aus Single Malts von Schottland und aus Holland geschaffen  und ihn The Winter Queen genannt.

The Winter Queen besteht aus Single Malts der Destillerien Longmorn und Glenrothes und der holländischen Destillerie Zuidam. Komponiert wurde der neunjährige Whisky von Adelphi’s Master Blender Alex Bruce. 866 Flaschen wurden mit 52.7% Alkohol abgefüllt und werden je ca 125 Pfund kosten (ein Preis in Deutschland steht noch nicht fest – Erscheinungstermin demnächst).

Hier noch die Tasting Notes in der Originalsprache:

9 year old malt whisky

A blend of Scotch malt whisky from Longmorn and Glenrothes distilleries and malt whisky from Zuidam Distillery in the Netherlands. By Adelphi and Fusion Whisky.

Nose drying; polished floor boards; chocolate and desiccated coconut; Scotch pancakes topped with bacon and coated in maple syrup; manilla envelopes; crème caramel; maraschino cherry; rhubarb crumble, dark toffee and molasses; soft and creamy mouthfeel; Sunday lunch, with quince jelly and jus.