Thursday, April 22, 2021


The Glasgow Distillery Company, has today announced the launch of its first distillery exclusive expression.

Glasgow 1770 The Coopers’ Cask Release (53.3% ABV) is a single malt Scotch whisky, which is the result of a collaboration with the US based Kelvin Cooperage, launched in celebration of the ancient skill of coopering.

Glasgow 1770 The Coopers' Cask Release

The latest release, which is the brainchild of two highly skilled coopers, Hugh McMurray from The Glasgow Distillery and Kevin McLaughlin from Kelvin Cooperage, has been produced using unpeated spirit from an ex-port cask, filled by the Glasgow Distillery in 2015.

The whisky then went on to be matured for further period of time in a unique hand-built cask which consists of half heavily charred virgin oak staves from Kelvin Cooperage and half ex-Glasgow 1770 Single Malt cask staves from The Glasgow Distillery.

Each set of staves interlocks with the other to form one unique vessel; “a perfect Hogshead”, which is said to highlight the power of Kelvin Cooperage’s virgin American Oak, balanced against the smooth and fruity spirit being produced by The Glasgow Distillery.

The alliance forged between The Glasgow Distillery and Kelvin Cooperage not only seeks to celebrate the relationship between cooperage and distillery, but also embodies their mutual love of Glasgow; the industrious city where both the Kelvin Cooperage and Glasgow Distillery stories began.

The Glaswegian roots of Kelvin Cooperage can be traced back to the year 1963 when, on the banks of the River Kelvin, a local man, Ed McLaughlin, opened his own cooperage and started to repair and rejuvenate casks for whisky distilleries across Scotland and Ireland.

In the early 1990’s, Ed saw that the bourbon trade in the US was booming and, supported by his two sons Kevin and Paul, moved the business to Louisville, Kentucky where they began to service some of the biggest and best distilleries and wine producers in the country.

Commenting on the news, Liam Hughes, CEO and Co-Founder of The Glasgow Distillery, said: “We’re very excited to launch our first Glasgow 1770 distillery exclusive - The Coopers’ Cask Release. This unique hand-built cask - cask no 15/87 - is the physical embodiment of the relationship that exists between cooperage and distillery and ultimately, the relationship between wood and spirit - the fundamental elements that come together to make great single malt Scotch.”

Limited to 403 individually numbered bottles, Glasgow 1770 The Coopers’ Cask Release, is now available exclusively from the distillery’s online shop, for a RRP of £59.00.

Posted by Steve Rush