The Highland Rye Single Grain is only the second rye whisky to be released in the country in more than 100 years, and the first four-year-old expression.
Arbikie's first Highland Rye was laid down in 2015 and, after ageing for four years, a selection of casks has been chosen for this release. Maturation was initiated in charred American oak barrels before being enriched in Armagnac barrels, giving a taste profile of dates, apricot and caraway.
With the first release of Highland Rye completely sold out, only 1,220 bottles of the second release are available globally, priced at RRP £250.
Iain Stirling, director of Arbikie Distillery, said: “We’re delighted to be helping to drive a ‘rye whisky revival’ by launching our latest limited-edition Highland rye whisky, the first and only four-year-old Scottish rye whisky in the world.
"As a young business we’re delighted to be restoring an ancient whisky category with much older distillers like Bruichladdich, Diageo and new ones like Inchdairnie in the process, we believe, of following.
"Our Highland rye whisky reflects our values of sustainability, innovation and quality in that we uniquely grow, harvest, distil, mature and bottle at the Arbikie Farm Distillery on the east coast of Scotland.”
Christian Perez, production manager at Arbikie Distillery, added: "Our Highland rye is an element in its own right, pioneering while augmenting tradition.”