Kingsman film special releases: No 3 navy strength, GlenDronach 1991 and Old Forester Statesman

Laura Foster

Laura Foster

20 September 2017

Not since the last Bond launch have we seen so many drinks brands announce partnerships with a film. As the second Kingsman film premieres, a slew of limited-edition releases are launching.

First up is Old Forester Statesman (47.5% abv, £45/70cl). The whiskey’s mash bill is the same as Old Forester’s, comprising 72% corn, 18% rye and 10% barley, but what makes this new release different is the fact that it’s made solely from ‘honey spot barrels’; casks that sit in the best spots of the brand’s warehouses. The result is a light-bodied whisky with flavours of drying cocoa powder and leather mixing with juicy orange oils and bitter grapefruit pith, sweeter butterscotch and a green edamame bean tinge.

Also from the Brown-Forman stable is the GlenDronach The Kingsman 1991 (48.2% abv, £550/70cl) – a whisky aged in sherry casks and distilled the year that Eggsy, the film's protagonist, was born.

'I was in two minds when [film director] Matthew Vaughn selected the year,' said GlenDronach master distiller Rachel Barrie. 'My first thought was, "but we've not got very much stock from that year!", but then I thought well, yes. Because 1991 was a low production year, this whisky has quite a distinct character.'

It certainly does, with aromas of stone fruit, tobacco leaf and forest floor leading onto a vinous, brambly palate which develops an interesting funky character on the finish. Made up of a blend of four sherry casks from that year, there are only 2,137 bottles available.

Moving onto gin (because every self-respecting spy obviously has his Martini preferences), No 3 has created a limited-edition navy-strength variant (£49% abv, £42/70cl). A number of scenes in Kingsman: The Golden Circle were filmed in the premises of historic wine and spirits merchant Berry Bros, which owns No 3, and as a result the company decided to create the 5,000 bottle release.

We're sure that Colin Firth's character would rather have his Martini stirred - James Bond doesn't know what he's talking about.

Brown Forman, 020 7478 1300; Berry Bros & Rudd, 0800 280 2440


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