Scotland's Bladnoch Distillery has unveiled four new whiskies in its Peated Collection of Lowland single malts, joining its existing peated whisky Alinta.
The new releases include a Reserve version of core-range expression Alinta and three single cask expressions aged in sherry, rum, and bourbon casks. Set to become an annual release, the collection was inspired by the distillery's 2009 stocks, which – unusually for both the distillery and the Lowland region – are 100 per cent peated.
Alinta was the first and previously the only peated expression in Bladnoch's line-up; its name derives from Indigenous Australian languages and roughly translates as 'fire' or 'flames'.
Dr Nick Savage, Bladnoch master distiller, said: "Lowland single malt is not traditionally peated, however, the launch of Alinta had such an amazing reception from everyone. I wanted to extend this limited but unique peated section in our portfolio for those who enjoy the smoky styles of Bladnoch. Our Peated Collection is an annual celebration of the extremely unique and rare 2009 stocks at Bladnoch."
The 2023 Alinta Reserve comprises whisky matured in 100 per cent Amontillado sherry hogsheads and is being released in a limited batch of 2,000 bottles. The three single cask releases for 2023 are a sherry hogshead, bottled at 58.3% ABV and limited to 262 bottles; a rum cask (54.1% ABV) of which there are 248 bottles available; and a bourbon barrel (55.9% ABV) limited to 231 bottles.
All the Bladnoch Peated Collection whiskies are bottled non-chill filtered and with natural colour. Alinta Reserve will be available in markets including the UK, Germany, Taiwan, Australia, and Korea, and the Bladnoch Peated Single Casks will be available in the UK only through bladnoch.com from 23 October.