The Glenlivet Unveils its First-ever Whisky Finished in a Beer Cask, in Partnership with Scottish Brewer, Innis & Gunn

The Glenlivet launches The Glenlivet Distillery Reserve Collection: 9-Year-Old Beer Cask Finish Edition ahead of International Beer Day on 4th August.

Speyside Single Malt, The Glenlivet, has unveiled a new limited-edition whisky – The Glenlivet Distillery Reserve Collection: 9-Year-Old Beer Cask Finish Edition – in partnership with Scottish brewer, Innis & Gunn. In the spirit of innovation to enter different territories of flavour, this new whisky has been finished in an Innis & Gunn beer cask. A limited run is available exclusively at The Glenlivet brand home in the heart of Speyside in Scotland and on the website here

The Glenlivet Distillery Reserve Collection: 9-Year-Old Beer Cask Finish Edition was finished in a cask previously used to mature Innis & Gunn’s limited edition ‘Vanishing Point Imperial Stout’, an 11% abv silky dark brew. The new beer cask finish edition has aromatic notes of golden syrup biscuits, dark cherry tart and hints of subtle treacle that give way to honeycomb, nougat and tropical fruits. On the palate, spicy ginger and freshly ground nutmeg come through, followed by subtle fruity flavour notes from hops, leaving a long-lasting creamy and sweet malty finish.

This beer cask finish is a first for The Glenlivet – and for the Chivas Brothers portfolio, of which The Glenlivet is part – and demonstrates the finest Scotch whisky craftsmanship mastered by The Glenlivet team of makers led by Cask Expert Kevin Balmforth and Distillery Manager Lisa Glen.

Kevin Balmforth, Chivas Brothers Cask Expert, commented: “At The Glenlivet we strive to experiment, and working with Innis & Gunn’s wonderful casks was the opportunity to do just that, marking our first foray into finishing whisky in a beer cask. Whether you’re a fan looking to add this beer cask finish to your collection or are simply looking for something new to raise a toast with this International Beer Day, this is perfect for beer and whisky-lovers alike.”

Dougal Gunn Sharp, Founder and Master Brewer, Innis & Gunn said: “Our collaboration with The Glenlivet is as natural as it is exciting. We have a strong kinship with The Glenlivet and are united by a hunger to experiment and innovate, and by the ingredients at the heart of our products – grain and casks. For a few years now we have exchanged casks with one another, and our latest Vanishing Point 06 was matured in former The Glenlivet casks. We returned those casks to The Glenlivet for the finishing of their Distillery Reserve Collection: 9-Year-Old Beer Cask Finish Edition. It is a wonderful, unique expression and has picked up the rich fruity, malty and hoppy notes from our beer.”

The Glenlivet Distillery Reserve Collection: 9-Year-Old Beer Cask Finish Edition in partnership with Innis & Gunn is the latest addition to The Glenlivet’s ongoing Distillery Reserve Collection, in which The Glenlivet continues to pioneer the style and spirit of the glen itself, with every sip bringing to life the ambiance of the distillery. The whisky is available at The Glenlivet brand home and on the distillery website and is priced at £95.  To discover more, please visit the online shop here.

Tags: Beer CaskScottish BrewerThe Glenlivet
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