Wednesday, September 24, 2014


John Dewar & Sons Ltd, has today announced the launch of a new range of expressions and never before released single malts. Introducing a treasure trove of premium whiskies to consumers around the world.

A selection of distinguished drams from Aberfeldy, Aultmore, Craigellachie, The Glen Deveron and Royal Brackla have been launched under the title of the “Last Great Malts” collection. Each with its own compelling story and character.
Five Craigellachie releases as part of the "Last Great Malts" collection

For generations, these distinctive whiskies have been left to mature undisturbed in oak casks, and now whisky aficionados from all over the world will be able to taste the single malts from these distilleries in their authentic form.

Commenting on the new releases John Burke, Dark Spirits Category Director at John Dewar & Sons Ltd, said: “The single malt category is one of our industry’s great growth opportunities. We are blessed with five of Scotland’s finest, high-quality whiskies. We have great respect for the category and are confident that each of the Last Great Malts will be a fitting addition to the repertoire of the most discerning single malt enthusiast.”

Aberfeldy, known as the “Golden Dram” draws its water from the Pitilie Burn. Pure and fresh, its waters are famed for containing deposits of alluvial gold. Aberfeldy has been repackaged and is available globally as 12 and 21 year-old expressions, with an 18 year old exclusively available in Travel Retail. The Company plans to launch a 16 year old sherry finish and a 30 year old in 2015.

Aultmore, is a rare Speyside malt known locally as “a nip of the Buckie Road.” The distillery’s water filters down through the misty, mysterious area called the Foggie Moss. 12 and 21 year old expressions of Aultmore will be available in Travel Retail from November, along with a limited 25 year old release.

Craigellachie has released a portfolio of single malts for the first time in history. The distillery stays true to its traditions of whisky-making, including the use of worm tubs, so called for their coiled copper tubing, to cool the spirit. Craigellachie will be releasing 13 and 17 year old expressions later this month, along with 19, 23 and 31 year old Travel Retail exclusives.

The Deveron, will be launching a new range of 12, 18 and 25 year old single malts, produced where the River Deveron meets the open seas. Offering “calm from the storm” it’s the perfect fireside malt. Soft fruity notes combine with an easy drinking style to make The Deveron a favourite with the work force at the distillery. The Deveron range will be released in the summer of 2015.

Having previously been released as a limited edition 35 year old, Royal Brackla is a truly regal malt. Founded in 1812 in the northern Highlands, it hails from the first distillery bestowed with a royal warrant and has since been lauded as “The King’s Own Whisky”. Royal Brackla will be releasing a series of 12, 16 and 21 year old expressions in March 2015.

The first public showing of the "Last Great Malts" collection will be at the Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival starting on September 25th.

Source: Quercus Communications