Wednesday, November 09, 2022


Ian Macleod Distillers, has announced the launch of a new limited-edition blended Scotch whisky, in collaboration with students at the Edinburgh based Heriot Watt University.

Ian Macleod Blending Room 01: Heriot Watt Release (44.4% ABV) is a 3 Year Old Blended Scotch whisky, comprised of 45% Speyside, 15% Highland and 40% Lowland whiskies, which were matured in a combination of First-fill Bourbon (15%) and Refill casks (85%).

Ian Macleod Blending Room 01: Heriot Watt Release

A team of four students worked with Ian Macleod Distillers to identify an ideal method for finishing blended Scotch whisky in a virgin American-oak cask, looking at four key variables: fill strength, blend formulation, time in cask and toast/char level.

The result is a one-cask release which is equal parts ‘A+ coursework’ and a Master Blender-certified dram. The whisky spent three months finishing in virgin American oak, giving the whisky what is described as an enriched nose of smooth toffee and coconut with a warming base of clove and cinnamon. Followed by a luxurious coating of sweet coffee, rich chocolate, spice and oak on the palate.

Ian Macleod Blending Room 01: Heriot Watt Release, is the first collaborative bottling between The International Centre for Brewing and Distilling, and Ian Macleod Distillers, and the project is set to become an annual limited-edition release.

Commenting on the news, Emma Newton, Blender at Ian Macleod Distillers, said: “Ian Macleod Distillers has a storied history in distilling and long-earned expertise in blending, so I think it’s fitting that we’ve had the chance to share this experience with the distillers and blenders of tomorrow from the Brewing and Distilling MSc at Heriot-Watt University. As a graduate of this programme, it has been a brilliant collaboration and the studentsshould be proud as they’ve created a delightful dram!”

Limited to 250 bottles, Ian Macleod Blending Room 01: Heriot Watt Release, is now available from the Ian Macleod Distillers online store, for a RRP of £35.00.

Posted by Steve Rush