Our approach to whisky making is rooted in Edinburgh’s rich brewing heritage. It is in the practices of Edinburgh’s brewing past that we find our inspiration, and innovative approach to whisky production, leveraging brewing techniques as the key to flavour development. Fundamental to this is the use of specialty malt. These roasted malts are responsible for the founding flavours of beers. In crafting Single Cask #147, we adopted the same approach, harnessing speciality malts to establish the foundational character of our spirit. Used in small quantities alongside a base malt, the addition of roasted malts allows for greater control, to tweak and shape the character of our spirit to the smallest detail, and explore new avenues of flavour production.
For maturation, we chose a first-fill American Bourbon cask to complement the flavours created during production, leveraging the cask’s robust vanilla, caramel, and nutty flavours to enhance the sweet tones from our speciality malts and the fruity, floral character from the Lavigne Yeast.
The final spirit from Single Cask #147, is deep, complex and full of character. On the nose there is white grape and ripe pears, followed by a burst of juicy fruit intertwined with the comforting notes of sweet, creamy coffee on the palate. The finish is a lingering dance of toasted nuts, subtle caramel, and a hint of mint; painting a flavourful journey from start to finish.
With our Single Cask Series, we lay bare our whisky-making methodology. With each expression in this series, we invite whisky drinkers to delve deeper into the nuances of malts and speciality malts, alongside a variety of yeast strains, and their impact on flavour development. As the series unfolds, each release promises to be a singular expression that is as thought-provoking as it is delicious.
Running to only 216 bottles, Single Cask Series #147 is an extremely limited release.
Available to purchase Friday 12th January From Holyrood Distillery in store and online, and Royal Mile Whiskies.