The first bottle, Golden Promise, is comprised of 15% Golden Promise new make spirit and 85% GNS (grain neutral spirit) and water. The producer has described the drink as having notes of citrus, lemon zest and orange blossom on the nose, a clean, lemon blossom lift mouthfeel and clean, gentle moreish finish.
Chevalier, the second bottle, is comprised of similar components: 15% Chevalier new make spirit and 85% GNS and water. It’s described by the producer as having a creamy, digestive biscuit scent, a rich, churned cream and butter taste with a long rich and moreish finish.
The barleys have been distilled as part of their signature single malt new make and blended with GNS to help develop their richness. Holyrood Distillery’s objective with these liquids is to bring flavour back to the white spirit sector, to be enjoyed neat and no longer required as a mixed drink.
Charmed Circle’s RRP is set at £34.99 and will be available to buy later this month. Keep checking the distillery’s website here for any updates on stock. The bottles have been designed with the environment in mind. The labelling, designed by The Touch Agency, uses 100% recyclable paper and utilises waste from brewing to create sustainable labels.
Managing director Nick Ravenhall and Distillery and Operations manager Marc Watson have been trialling a variety of the UK’s best-known barleys, as well exploring the water underneath the city of Edinburgh. The name ‘Strong Waters’ is an archaic name stemming from a collection of wells situated around Arthur’s Seat – an ancient volcano acting as the main peak of Edinburgh’s group of hills.
Holyrood became the first operational single malt distillery in central Edinburgh since 1925 when it launched in 2019, and prides itself on its modern roots.