Scottish distillery Eden Mill has announced its launch of a blended malt Scotch whisky: The Guard Bridge.
The new blend is centred around the St Andrews-based distillery's own single malt, combined with other single malts from distilleries in the Highlands and Lowlands of Scotland. It is bottled at 46% ABV non-chill filtered and with natural colour.
Eden Mill's head distiller Scott Ferguson said: “Our blended malt features the delicate, grassy, and floral flavour characteristics of the Lowland single malts, combined with the robust, barley-sweet and dried fruit notes of the Highland single malts, to create a whisky that showcases the best of both regions.
“This blended malt contains at least 10 single malts from across Scotland – one of which has been aged for over eight years – blended and married together and finished in ex-Eden Mill single malt casks, specifically ex-bourbon casks, to create an exciting, versatile new whisky of which we are incredibly proud.”
Ferguson carried out some additional maturation of one of the component whiskies, involving virgin American oak, bourbon, oloroso, and Pedro Ximénez casks. The other components have been matured in a mixture of bourbon casks and sherry casks.
He added: “Our Eden Mill single malt is very scarce – from the stock we distilled and laid down in our original distillery, there are now fewer than 400 casks remaining. By using this precious liquid in The Guard Bridge Blended Malt, we are able to bring a taste of Eden Mill to whisky lovers all over the world.”
The name of the new blended malt is inspired by the original 15th-century six-arched guard bridge that connected St Andrews with its old trading port of Guardbridge and the design of the packaging, with shades of blue and teal, is inspired by the Eden Estuary – the site of Eden Mill's new distillery and visitor centre, where it will continue to produce its own single malts and gins.
The Guard Bridge will be available to purchase from edenmill.com from 17 August (RRP £45).