Arbikie Distillery releases second Highland Rye Scotch whisky

Millie Milliken

Millie Milliken

24 January 2020

Scotland’s Arbikie Distillery has announced the launch Highland Rye Single Grain Scotch Whisky – the second rye whisky to be released in Scotland, and the first 4yo.

Owned by the Stirling brothers, whose family’s farming heritage dates back to 1794, the whisky is made using traditional distilling techniques from crops grown on the 2,000-acre family farm to allow for full traceability of all its ingredients.

Originally laid down in 2015, Highland Rye Single Grain Whisky has been aged for four years, with maturation beginning in charred American oak barrels before moving into Armagnac barrels. The result is notes of ‘dates, apricot and caraway’.

‘At Arbikie Distillery our primary objective is to capture the character and origin of our raw materials,’ said production manager Christian Perez. ‘By embracing the true unpredictability of the elements, their impact on the growing season and our ingredients, we allow the character of each to shine.’

Christian Perez, Arkibie Distillery production manager
Christian Perez, Arkibie Distillery production manager

Sustainability is an important element of production at Arkibie Distillery: ‘Our Highland Rye whisky reflects our values of sustainability, innovation and quality in that we uniquely grow, harvest, distil, mature and bottle at the Arbikie Farm Distillery on the east coast of Scotland,' said director Iain Stirling.

The first release of Highland Rye completely sold out; for the second release, a limited number of 1,220 bottles are available globally.

46% abv, RRP £250/700ml, Highland Rye Whisky 

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