Ardgowan Distillery has announced the first in a new series of limited-edition whiskies. Called Coppersmith, the blended malt consists of liquid that’s been matured in first-fill oloroso sherry casks and sourced from Speyside and Highland distilleries.
The non-chill filtered, non-coloured, 48% abv whisky has been created by Max McFarlane, who joined Ardgowan after 25 years working as whisky maker at Edrington.
Coppersmith is the inaugural release of Ardgowan’s new Clydebuilt series, a planned collection of six limited-edition whiskies that will celebrate the local history of shipbuilding on the River Clyde.
‘When I first heard there would be a new distillery in Inverkip I knew immediately I wanted to be involved,’ explains McFarlane. ‘It’s my hometown and I have long thought that Inverclyde is a natural area for a distillery.
‘It’s en route to the islands, it’s near the sea and I think this will help us create a coastal lowland malt of real character. Of course, this will be a number of years away, but our new Clydebuilt series will give us something to enjoy while we wait.’
Indeed, while most new Scotch distilleries ensure revenue by distilling and selling a gin whilst waiting for their own newly made stocks to mature, Ardgowan has decided to create blended whiskies instead. Construction for Ardgowan distillery is due to start next year, with distillation scheduled to start in 2021.
‘Bringing these products to market helps establish our brand and demonstrates to the world that we have a team that can create great whiskies. Until we have our own product on shelves it is also very important to generate revenues from these initial products and forge routes to market around the globe,’ says Ardgowan CEO Martin McAdam.
Available from 1 October, Coppersmith is available to pre-order from Ardgowan’s online shop.
RRP £49.99/70cl, Ardgowan Distillery