In 2018 we released our very first New Make Spirit to the public and they sold out by early 2019. We also produced a very limited run of Limited Edition Numbered Bottles that until 30th June 2019 were only available to Members of the 1494. We are now delighted to release these bottles to the public and allow you to to start your own numbered collection of Lindores Abbey Distillery Special Editions.
These unique bottles cost £22.50, and £2.50 of this is donated to our Preservation Society to help preserve and continue the traditions that were established here at Lindores over 500 years ago.
We are thrilled to announce that our New Make Spirit has been voted as the best in Scotland by the prestigious World Whiskies Awards 2020. A panel of renowned experts take part in extensive blind tastings of the finest spirits in order to determine the best whiskies available in the world, so for our young spirit to be awarded as the best in Scotland is a huge result. We are determined to create the best product possible to pay homage to the significance of Lindores Abbey’s role in whisky’s history, and we are delighted that our hard work is paying off.
A very limited number of bottles of our New Make Spirit are available to buy online and at the distillery. They provide a tempting glimpse into how our spirit will taste in the future, and are a must for anyone invested in the story of the Spiritual Home of Scotch whisky.
New Make Spirit
We had been through four seasons of distillation at Lindores and had worked with the distillery to define our spirit. We had a direction, but the distillery decided to offer us up a new intriguing spirit instead. We went from nutty, to cereal, to malty, to pears, to fruity and to finally a spirit which combines all of these and more. There is also a sweetness and a spiciness with an incredible mouth feel.
What did we do to get to this final place?
We increased our fermentations to 114 hours to bring out that added tropical fruitiness. We stopped the wash still at first sign of frothing, let it rest and then slowly brought the heat back into the still. We ran the spirit during the cut on the spirit stills very, very slowly, and we also cut in high at 75-76% and came down to 66%. Interestingly at around 68-69% on the cut, the spirit has an amazing caramel and butterscotch nose with others picking up peaches and strawberries. The final spirit is robust, complex, and interesting and that’s exactly what we hoped it would be – Gary Haggart, Distillery Manager