Oxford Rye Whisky, The Tawny Pipe, is finished in a single 30-year-old Tawny Port Pipe. Said to be the oldest whisky to be bottled by the distillery, it’s been described as fragrant and velvety with a combination of sweet and savoury notes.
Previous batches of Oxford Rye Whisky were produced from heritage grain harvested in the distillery’s debut production year, 2017 and this latest batch marks the last grown in that year.
Its mash bill consists of 90% Maslin and 10% malted barley, with the liquid spending one and a half years in New American Oak, before being transferred to a single Tawny Port Pipe (cask #114) for two years and nine months.
On the release, master distiller Francisco Rosa said: “Through a long standing relationship with Portuguese coopers and winemakers, I was very lucky to be able to obtain a cask of this age and quality. Tawny Pipes are the oldest casks being used in Port, so the wine has had decades to soak deep into the wood and leave its character; they are full of big oxidised sweet Port flavours.”
“We only have around 40 casks on site all the time as we are one of the tiniest whisky distilleries. The casks are literally stacked by the stills, fermenters and mash tun, they are exposed to the day-to-day life of the distillery and its environment. The door is always open during working hours, so the 'place factor' is enhanced.”
Bottled at 56% ABV, The Tawny Pipe is available at the aforementioned specialist retailers at an RRP of £95. As of this week, 587 bottles are available.