Glengoyne has unveiled the latest batch of its coveted Teapot Dram - Batch No. 007 - with only 3,993 bottles of the liquid gold available.
Bottled unchillfiltered at a cask strength of 59.9% ABV, Batch No. 007 has been left to mature quietly over the decades in first fill Oloroso sherry oak casks.
Katy Muggeridge, senior brand manager at Ian Macleod Distillers, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be unveiling our latest batch in our ever-popular Teapot Dram series, just in time for the festive season. Each batch has its own imitable character, having been carefully and patiently nurtured, and Batch No. 007 is no exception. Not shaken or stirred but matured to perfection. Luscious and mouth coating, it’s arguably the best batch yet.”
The Teapot Dram series has been created in tribute to an old Glengoyne Distillery tradition: until the 1970s, workers would be given three fingers of whisky, three times each day. Most distilleries gave their teams new make spirit, but not Glengoyne. At Glengoyne, the finest whisky from first fill Oloroso sherry casks was chosen for the distillery workers’ drams. The less seasoned stillmen would, to save face, discreetly pour some of their untouched drams into a copper teapot which sat on the canteen windowsill, ready for their older colleagues.
Glengoyne Distillery is owned by one of Scotland’s leading independent, family-owned distillers, Ian Macleod Distillers. Glengoyne runs the slowest stills in Scotland to build up fruity richness and fill the finest Oloroso Sherry casks. Tasting notes (from producer)
The limited-edition liquid boosts initial swathes of red apples, demerara sugar and chocolate-enrobed Turkish delight, giving way to a tangy Seville marmalade, cinnamon, cloves and rich, dark cocoa. It has an exceptionally long finish and a burst of crystallised sugar sweetness at the end.