Guests at the event included Ambassador of Romania to the United Kingdom H.E. Laura Popescu, Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Romania to the United Kingdom Alexandru Dodan, and founding chairman of the Alexandrion Group, Nawaf Salameh.
The single malt is said to have been well received by guests who had the opportunity to sample each of the expressions, with this London-based event the second in the single malt’s global tour which began in the US in May. The event featured not only a series of speeches, but the opportunity to network with an accompanying Leon Garner jazz band.
Mr. Salameh commented on the ongoing tour: “One month ago, we were in Washington, at the residence of H. E. Mr. Dan Andrei Muraru, the Ambassador of Romania to the USA, where we introduced Carpathian Single Malt to the global market for the first time. It was the beginning of our journey around the world, with the first single malt whisky ever produced in Romania. The second destination of our global tour was London, and it was a true honour for me to be there, at the home of whisky, talking about a product with so much tradition, pride and history that I respect so much, in a historical exclusive venue, the Royal Automobile Club, which perfectly complements the profile of Carpathian Single Malt. The British are the pioneers of single malt whisky production, this knowledge, is something we can tap into to help us grow and develop our product even further. I am grateful to the Romanian Embassy to United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland for supporting us in organizing a spectacular event.”
Made using 100% malted barley produced in Romania, the single malt is distilled, matured and bottled at the Alexandrion Saber 1789 Distilleries, and is the first Romanian single malt whisky made with pure Sub-Carpathian water. Its ABV is 46% and the limited edition will consist of 930 bottles featuring three 'finishings.' These include Feteasca Neagra and Pinot Noir as part of the Romanian wine cask selection, and Madeira as part of the Spanish and Portuguese wine cask selection.
The release of the single malt has developed further positive relations between the UK and Romania according to Alexandrion Group.
On the new release, Mr. Dodan said: “Just like many other people I was intrigued by the idea of unveiling a Romanian single malt whisky produced according to a Scottish method, in the country that gave birth to single malt whisky and made it famous all over the world. But reading the story and seeing the enthusiasm around it, the winning spirit and the passion put into the whole project, from idea to product, I am now sure that Carpathian Single Malt will be a success on the British market for both Alexandrion Group and for Romania. The Romanian Embassy in London is honoured to be Alexandrion Group’s partner in launching Carpathian Single Malt on the UK market and we will continue to support the Group, through the commercial and economic section, to introduce the product to the UK consumers.”
A video also played featuring the single malt whisky, which can be viewed here.