12 June 2008, Edinburgh; Ian Macleod Distillers is adding a remarkable and unique finish to its range of award-winning single malts, with the launch of Glengoyne Glenguin Shiraz Cask Finish 16 Year Old.
The casks, previously used to mature award-winning Shiraz wine from Australia's Hunter Valley, have come courtesy of Glenguin Winery. Lord Robin Tedder, who is in fact the third Baron of Glenguin - which was the original name of the whisky distillery known today as Glengoyne, established the Glenguin Estate in 1988.
The first Baron Lord Arthur William Tedder adopted the title on becoming a Peer of the Realm after a distinguished war career in Europe which saw him appointed Allied forces Deputy Supreme Commander under Eisenhower. His father was the original Customs & Excise officer at the Glenguin Distillery from 1889-1893 and was famous for creating the standard by law that Scotch whisky must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years and one day.
It is 100 years ago since Glenguin Distillery's name change to the more phonetic Glengoyne Distillery and to celebrate this and the Tedder link, 20 empty Shiraz casks were filled with 16-Year-Old Glengoyne in autumn 2007. These casks were very carefully monitored on a weekly basis and only ten were chosen as Glengoyne Glenguin Shiraz Cask Finish.
One of only a few Australians with a Master of Wine, Robin Tedder is hugely knowledgeable and seen as a world authority on the Shiraz (Syrah) grape. Robin 'lent' his expert palate to help decide on the timing of the final bottling of this exclusive malt.
"Glengoyne Glenguin Shiraz Cask Finish completes the circle on a fantastic history between Glengoyne Distillery and the Tedder family, a link from old world to new that has lasted over 100 years and continues to the present day. We are delighted that the exceptional quality and packaging of this unique whisky befits the high standards the Tedder's have always set in public life,â? said Iain Weir, Marketing Director.
Available in 70cl and 75 cl bottles at 48% ABV, 3,800 limited edition and individually numbered bottles of Glengoyne Glenguin Shiraz Cask Finish will retail worldwide for a standard recommended global retail price of £60+/â?¬75/$120.
For more information contact:
Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd.
T: 01506 852205
Kerry Teakle / Alison Methven
T: 0131 554 6111
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