Ardgowan concludes Clydebuilt series with two releases

Ardgowan concludes Clydebuilt series with two releases

Ardgowan Distillery is closing out its Clydebuilt series with two final blended whiskies, Anchorsmith and Draughtsman, ahead of opening its distillery doors later this year

News | 23 Apr 2024

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Ardgowan Distillery is closing out its Clydebuilt series with two final blended whiskies: Anchorsmith and Draughtsman.


The series, which Ardgowan has been bottling while its distillery is under construction, is inspired by the shipyards of the river Clyde. Anchorsmith and Draughtsman are the fifth and sixth releases under the Clydebuilt label.


Anchorsmith is blended from six whiskies from distilleries in the Lowland, Highland, and Speyside regions. Each component whisky has been matured in first-fill oloroso sherry casks.


Max McFarlane, master whisky maker at Ardgowan Distillery, said: “Anchorsmith is a truly exceptional blend, offering a unique sensory experience with its well-balanced nose of black cherries, lemon drizzle cake and chocolate raisins. On the palate, expect full-bodied symphony of ripe dark fruits, roast chestnuts, and pomegranate juice, leading to a long, lightly tannic finish with hints of earl grey tea and orange marmalade.”


Draughtsman, the final edition in the series, uses a 25-year-old whisky alongside a selection of oloroso-cask-matured 8-year-old whiskies.


McFarlane continued: “Draughtsman consists of malt whiskies sourced from eight distilleries across Scotland… resulting in our most intense and complex whisky to date. Dive into a nose of Ceylon tea, manuka honey, and dark chocolate, leading to a palate bursting with flavours of juicy blackcurrant jam, allspice, and dark red fruits. The finish is a crescendo, starting slow and building to an explosive finale.”


Ardgowan Distillery is due to open later this year. It is expected to produce up to one million litres of whisky per year.


Clydebuilt Anchorsmith and Clydebuilt Draughtsman are both bottled at 52% ABV and are now available with an RRP of £52.99 from specialist retailers.

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