Scottish distiller Eden Mill has released 800 bottles of its 2020 single malt and a limited edition hamper containing two new Hip Flask Series whiskies.

The 2020 release is the fourth single malt whisky from Eden Mill in three years. The expression was unveiled to mark St Andrew’s Day today (30 November) and follows the release of the 2019 bottling and 2018 whisky. 

The distiller released its inaugural single malt whisky range, the Hip Flask Series, in April 2018.

The new single malt incorporates Bourbon, Pedro Ximénez and oloroso Sherry casks, along with spirit distilled using pale, chocolate, brown and crystal malt barley.

Scott Ferguson, Eden Mill’s head distiller, said: “The liquid we have crafted pushes the boundaries of our previous whisky expressions.

“This small batch of Eden Mill single malt showcases the evolution of cask and spirit, bringing you light vanilla and toasted cinnamon from Bourbon barrels, combined with the rich fruit and subtle spice from our distinctive range of Sherry casks, leading to a creamy biscuity finish.”

The 46.5% ABV expression can be purchased on its own for £85 (US$113.50) per 700ml or as part of an Eden Mill whisky hamper, which also contains a Glencairn glass, the 2019 edition single malt and two new Hip Flask Series 200ml bottlings.

The new Hip Flask expressions are Hip Flask #16 and Hip Flask #17. The first is a pale malt spirit aged in an ex-Islay whisky refill cask, while the latter is a peated malt spirit aged in a refill Bourbon cask. Both expressions are bottled at 47% ABV.

There are only 200 hampers available, priced at £200 (US$267) each.

Earlier this year, Eden Mill co-founder Tony Kelly was named CEO of the Scottish distiller. Eden Mill is currently building a new distillery and visitor centre in St Andrews, Fife, which will become Scotland’s first carbon-neutral single malt whisky distillery. Distilling is expected to begin by the end of 2021.

Paul Miller, co-founder of Eden Mill said: “This limited release is a real reflection of the team, our passion and Eden Mill’s pioneering spirit which has stayed strong throughout 2020. We can’t wait for people to enjoy a dram of our 2020 single malt Scotch safely at home this festive season.

“We anticipate the new year with excitement and hope as we look forward to the relief a vaccine will bring and also the completion of our new carbon-neutral single malt distillery in St Andrews, which will be the first of its kind in Scotland and a significant step in our Eden Mill journey.”
Via The Spirits Business
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