Im letzten Jahr hat die Stirling Distillery (sie ist in The Old Smiddy nahe Stirling Castle beheimatet) eine erste Abfüllungsserie mit gesourctem, also zugekauften Whisky produziert (unseren Bericht zu den beiden Bottlings finden Sie hier). Mit VI Casks for King James kündigt man nun eine Abfüllungsserie mit eigenproduziertem Whisky an, die allerdings erst ab 2027 in zweijährigen Abständen erhältlich sein wird. Dazu wird man eigenen Whisky ab diesem Jahr in sechs Fässer legen: Bourbon, Sherry, Port, Rum, Wein und Madeira und dann 300 Flaschen pro Fass abfüllen. Die Sechsersets kosten 350 Pfund und können bei der Destillerie vorbestellt werden.
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VI Casks for King James
DISTILLERY PUTTING WHISKY BACK ON THE MAP IN STIRLING
Whisky production returns to the city of Stirling, in the heart of Scotland, as Stirling Distillery announces the launch of their limited edition VI Casks for King James single malt whisky. The six bottle set will comprise one bottle from six different flavoured casks – bourbon, sherry, port, rum, wine and madeira – and marks the distillery’s move into new-make whisky production.
Stirling Distillery is well known for celebrating the rich history and folklore of the famous Scottish city through their product range. Because there is strong evidence that King James VI stabled his horses on the land the distillery is built on, the VI Casks for King James was created.
Co-owner of the distillery Cameron McCann spoke of wanting to offer something unique for whisky enthusiasts:
“We are delighted to be launching this unique VI Casks for King James bottling. If your preference is for rare bottles rather than investing in casks, then the limited edition VI Casks for King James is the perfect choice. I’m very conscious of cost and want the whisky to be affordable to enthusiasts like myself”.
With his passion for and knowledge of whisky, Cameron and wife June McCann were keen to evolve the distillery from gin to also being a whisky producer. Whisky hasn’t been produced in Stirling since 1852 when the original Stirling Distillery closed its doors.
The VI Casks of King James whisky will be created in the first legal distillery to sit on the castle rock, in the shadow of Stirling Castle. The distillery sits on the border of the highlands, so despite being a lowland distillery (a distillery situated south of a line running from the Clyde estuary to the River Tay), the whisky could be classified as lowland or highland.
June McCann spoke of the distillery’s whisky process;
“For us, the essential components for creating a truly special whisky are simple; from using only the best water, yeast and malted barley to the care that goes into hand selecting the best quality casks to develop the rich flavours. Whisky production is a delicate process that takes time, love and passion and we’re excited to start our whisky journey”.
The better the wood, the better the flavour. It’s that simple. As a small craft distillery, Stirling is very conscious of the whisky barrels they use and have taken the time to choose their wood carefully. The distillery have selected wood from locations all over the world to ensure the best flavour experience for their customers. The wonderful rich flavours of the barrels will infuse the new make spirit. The McCanns have also put a key focus on where the whisky will be kept whilst it matures. The VI Casks for King James will be laid down in a traditional dunnage in sight of Stirling Castle to ensure minimal temperature variation between seasons.
The casks will be released bi-annually from 2027. There will only be 300 bottles from a single cask and each set will cost £350. On purchasing a set, customers will get first refusal on any Stirling Distillery new-make whisky, receive a branded polo shirt, exclusive pin badge and will become a part of Stirling’s rich whisky history.
About Stirling Distillery
Stirling Distillery, established in 2015, is steeped in Scottish history. Located in the shadow of Stirling Castle, central Scotland, it is the city’s first legal distillery. Offering a range of gins and whiskies all with historic relevance, the distillery is open daily for gin experiences, tastings and a weekly gin school.