Distell has unveiled its 2021 collection of limited edition whiskies. This year’s release is made up of four bottlings, including malts from Bunnahabhain, Tobermory, and Deanston distilleries.
Islay’s Bunnahabhain is releasing a 2011 Aonadh (meaning ‘union’ in Scottish gaelic). The 56.2% ABV blend of Sherry-matured and Port-finished whisky is described as “rich, creamy and subtly spicy.”
Isle of Mull’s Tobermory Distillery will launch two Scotch whiskies, e “sweet and ginger spiced” Tobermory 2004 Oloroso Cask Matured (55.9% ABV) and peated Ledaig 1999 Pedro Ximénez Cask Matured (55.6% ABV).
Deanston has unveiled a 2008 Oloroso Cask Matured whisky that has been bottled at 52.7% ABV and offers flavors of cherries, dark fruits, and gingerbread.
Travel writer Robin McKelvie visited each of the distilleries just as Scotland was emerging from lockdown. He documented the experience, which has been cut into a short film and released to celebrate the launch of the whiskies.
“Each new expression showcases the very best of our single malt whisky portfolio here at Distell, passionately crafted by our distillery teams.” said Julieann Fernandez, master blender at Distell. Robin has created some beautiful prose that truly captures the spirit of each of the three distilleries, their link to the local communities and their surrounding landscapes – from the Southern Hebrides of Islay, the Inner Hebrides of Mull to mainland Scotland.
“To be able to tell the stories behind each distillery, and showcase the team who have worked so hard behind the scenes to keep our whisky flowing, is a real honour for us. These film clips pay tribute to these teams and our distillery homelands.”
All four limited edition single malts will be available to buy beginning September 1, 2021 from each distillery’s website.
Bunnahabhain 2011 Aonadh is priced at £120 ($165 USD), Deanston 2008 Oloroso Cask Matured costs £80 ($110 USD), Tobermory 2004 Oloroso Cask Matured is available for £130 ($178 USD), and Ledaig 1999 Pedro Ximénez Cask Matured runs £250 ($343 USD).
Distell’s 2020 Limited Release Malt Collection featured eight new limited edition single malt Scotch Whiskies, including releases from Bunnahabhain, Deanston, and Tobermory.