Wednesday, September 20, 2023


House of Hazelwood, has announced the launch of a new limited-edition bottling, in collaboration with world-renowned whisky writer Dave Broom.

House of Hazelwood - The Accelerator & The Brake (56.7% ABV) is a 33 Year Old blended Scotch whisky, which was matured in American White oak casks - with a component matured for a period of time in Virgin oak casks.

House of Hazelwood - The Accelerator & The Brake

This latest release is said to challenge the very conventions of whisky-making. Under blender Eilidh Muir’s watchful eye, Dave Broom selected a dynamic aged grain and an elegant malt, inverting their ratios with unexpected – and extraordinary – results. The aim was to celebrate the uniquely successful partnership of the Gordon brothers Charles and Sandy, who revolutionised the whisky industry throughout the second half of the 20th Century.

Accompanying the whisky is a 30-minute documentary, which sees Dave Broom delve into the history of House of Hazelwood through interviews with family members, as well as current and former colleagues. The five-part series explores bloodlines, whisky making, legacies and every aspect in between.

House of Hazelwood - The Accelerator & The Brake, is said to deliver notes of an autumnal forest floor, dark berry fruit, leather, light smoke and roasted Oolong tea on the nose. Followed by notes of heavy maple, pecan pie, chocolate and rich black fruits.

Commenting on the launch, Dave Broom, said: “This whisky captures the essence of the relationship between the two brothers. As I uncovered the history behind the House of Hazelwood, I wanted to create a whisky which reflected their complimentary personalities. Working with Eilidh Muir from the blending team, she helped to create what I believe is a truly brilliant example of blending with every element working together. I wasn’t sure if inverting the classic blending model would work, but with Eilidh’s guidance we found that by using a quiet malt alongside a parcel of full-flavoured grain it has resulted in an exceptional blend that gives balance and complexity but in an unusual formulation – the dynamic grain driving flavour and the malt acting as the quiet partner.”

Limited to 209 bottles, House of Hazelwood - The Accelerator & The Brake, is now available for pre-order from RRP: £1,700. The documentary will be released in chapters, with the first being available now via

Posted by Steve Rush