Status Quo's Piledriver Blended Malt released for album anniversary

Status Quo's Piledriver Blended Malt released for album anniversary

The seven-year-old blended malt has been released by Caskade Drinks in collaboration with Status Quo as part of its limited-edition Artist Collection series

News | 07 Dec 2023

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A blended malt whisky paying homage to Status Quo's best-selling album Piledriver has been released to mark its 50th anniversary.


The seven-year-old whisky has been released by Glasgow-based independent bottler Caskade Drinks and was chosen by Francis Rossi and Status Quo, with guidance from ex-Edrington blender Max McFarlane.


Status Quo's Piledriver is the third release in Caskade's limited-edition Artist Collection. The liquid is composed of single malt whiskies from six distilleries across Scotland that were exclusively aged in first-fill sherry casks.


Released in 1972, Piledriver was the first album that Status Quo produced themselves and the first release on their Vertigo label, which has since earned its place among the best of British 70s rock.


Gareth Croll of Caskade Drinks said: “Status Quo are famous for their precision guitar riffs and perfectly balanced anthems - so we reckoned we absolutely had to make this a symphonic blended whisky that nods to their character and unique sound. Max [Mcfarlane] really knocked it out of the park blending this one.”


Status Quo’s Piledriver Blended Malt is available to order from 10am on 8 December via Only 500 bottles will be made available. 


Status Quo join an esteemed list of musicians who have co-created their own whisky brands, including Bob Dylan (whose Heaven's Door whiskey is set to get its first distillery and brand home in Kentucky in 2024), Metallica (who partnered with late master distiller Dave Pickerell to create their Blackened Whiskey), and Scorpions (whose Rock n Roll Star single malt is a collaboration between the German metal group and Mackmyra in Sweden). Earlier this year, Sir Rod Stewart also put his name to a blended Scotch whisky, Wolfie's.

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