Thursday, August 25, 2022


The Inverclyde based Ardgowan Distillery, has today announced the launch of a new Clydebuilt collection bottling, which has been inspired by the rich heritage of Scottish shipbuilding.

Clydebuilt Sailmaker (48% ABV) is a blend of six whiskies from Highland, Lowland and Speyside distilleries, which have been matured in first fill Oloroso sherry casks.

Clydebuilt Sailmaker

Drawing parallels with the engineering precision of Glasgow’s shipbuilding era, this latest release which follows on from their Clydebuilt Coppersmith and Clydebuilt Shipwright bottlings, was created by Ardgowan’s Whisky Maker Max McFarlane.

Clydebuilt Sailmaker, is said to deliver notes of pepper, dried spices, stone fruits, fresh nectarines, chocolate truffles and Seville orange marmalade on the nose. Followed by notes of butterscotch, marzipan, mangoes and a hint of vanilla essence on the palate.

Commenting on the launch, Max McFarlane said: “Previous blended malts in The Clydebuilt Collection were of Highland and Speyside origin. Sailmaker gave us the opportunity to incorporate Lowland whiskies to the Highland/Speyside mix - something I had wanted to do for many years. The addition of Lowland malts, adds significant depth and richness to the flavour profile, making for a sumptuous dram."

Clydebuilt Sailmaker, is now available from the distillery’s online shop and specialist retailers, for a RRP of £52.50.

Posted by Steve Rush