Glasgow Distillery- Prometheus 26 Yr Old- A Gift from the Gods?

Now this offering from the Glasgow Distillery is probably not your everyday drinking whisky. The price tag alone will see to that. The story goes that the guys in Glasgow were able to secure a few barrels of well aged whisky and they have made the decision to keep maturing some while allowing limited release each year over the next four years or so.

The name itself is bold and striking. Prometheus was a Titan in Greek mythology who was responsible for stealing fire from Mount Olympus to give to humankind.  And while you’re thinking about this as the brand story for this whisky to live up to it also helps to hide the identity of where these Speyside barrels actually come from!

Prometheus 26 Yr Old Single Malt- 47% abv

This is a lovely looking dram an absolutely fantastic deep golden hue to it.

On the Nose:

There is a complex of aromas that greet you on the nose. There’s a lovely orange zestyness as well as vanilla and some butterscotch notes. The understated star on this is the smokiness which is present but in the background providing a lovely balance.

Palate:

On the palate there is a lovely harmony to the flavours. The smokiness is there and forms the heart of the palate, around this chocolate, dried fruits, roasted nuts and all contribute and there’s even room for vanilla and some citrus.

Finish:

Medium with a chocolate and peppery note to it.

A really lovely dram, to be enjoyed with friends maybe as a barbecue fades or a beach fire wanes.

Available from:

www.glasgowdistillery.com    www.masterofmalt.com

 

Glasgow Distillery – Innovating on Glasgow’s Industrial Past

Glasgow was built on a hard industrial past and has changed markedly in the last 50 years or so. Glasgow Distillery draws wonderfully well on that past industrial spirit, while at the same time ensuring the modernity of the city is expressed through the products it makes.

The distillery itself is on the southern side of town. The facility is not small but it is a hive of activity when I visited. I met with Head Distiller, Lachlan McIntyre, and while he has a very relaxed demeanour you can also sense that he see’s the great potential of the company. Hailing from Melbourne he started out his career in brewing, first in Australia and then at Stewart Brewing in Edinburgh, before the opportunity came to join the team here in Glasgow. There is a good mix of skills here in the production area – guys who have been involved in brewing, who have been bar tenders, who have an interest in foraging. That all adds to the mix here and creates an atmosphere of collaboration and experimentation.

Main Stills area

There is a real team approach with production flexing to the needs of the business. Distilling is through a ton of cereal going into the mash creating around 5000l of wort. This is pitched with a single yeast strain and fermented over around 72 hours to give around 8.5% abv. After this, distilling occurs in a 2500l wash still and a 1200l spirit still. For gin production there is a pot still with both a gin basket and column still to give as many options as possible in production. There is a small amount of racking of spirit at the distillery with some of the laid down whisky being held away from the main production area. Bottling is looked after in a few ways, with it being a bit of a team building exercise when carried out on site. The Makar Gin bottle is eight sided making it not necessarily the easiest shaped bottle to run down a production line.

One of the interesting points here in Glasgow is an on site cooper. Lachlan explains” It’s great having this sort of help around. Firstly to have that that level of craftsmanship on site is fantastic. However it is a real advantage if we have the odd leak to be able to do something without necessarily re-racking the barrel – that’s a big plus.”

FV tanks

You can see that Glasgow Distillery is focussed on having real quality. The production area has already been altered to improve the flow of the process with the mash tun being relocated and new pieces of kit are just awaiting commissioning. This allows the team to keep making forward steps on some of their product lines. Allied to that the investment in wood with sherry, wine and bourbon casks all being available, gives some real choice. This investment is really encouraging.

Currently there is gin and vodka in the market with new make spirit being laid down for scotch. On the gin side there there is an Old Tom version, which is slightly sweeter, as well as Mulberry and Oak Aged gins. There is no sense of complacency with tweaks to product lines happening and a focus on producing the best quality they can. With 5 nomimations in the recently announced Scottish Gin awards things are clearly heading in the right direction.

The whisky is looking exciting as well. There is Prometheus Single Malt- available in 26 and 27 year old versions – which is quite an unusual product for such a young distillery! We’ll be tasting the 26 year old next week. While the new make spirit gives great tropical fruit and has a large mouthfeel to it and it will be really interesting to see how that develops and matures. A triple distilled version of the new make gives the same qualities but with more refinement.

Things are looking good in the second city of the Empire.

 

 

 

World Gin Day- Makar Glasgow Gin and Makar Old Tom Tastings

Usually we’d do a visit and follow it up with tastings, but given World Gin Day this weekend, we’ve gone with a couple of great gins from Glasgow Distillery.

Makar Glasgow Gin- 43% abv

Makar- Scots word for poet- reflects the artistic nature of this gin. It comes in a gorgeous 8 sided bottle- reflecting the number of botanicals used in the process.

On the Nose:

Juniper takes the lead but it is closely followed by a great waft of rosemary and coriander.

Palate:

Very lively- the juniper is very much still to the fore but is joined by a cutting citrus note, and an almost pine like freshness. That said it also gives good mouthfeel in something that’s so fresh. There is then a softish spice where a light pepper is present.

Finish:

Quite long and the pepper and coriander give a really pleasant end to a great drink.

Available from:

www.glasgowdistillery.com    www.masterofmalt.com   www.amazon.co.uk

 

Maker Old Tom Gin- 43% abv

The Old Tom Gin is a sweeter style with a botanical mix including honey and liquorice.

On the Nose:

The nose is refined and you get hints of juniper and pepper without a single truly dominating aroma.

Palate:

A gorgeous fullness on this gin with liquorice, orangey lemon and pepper all there. The juniper sort of hits you mid palate alongside a honey sweetness which persists.

Finish:

Quite clean with the spice and sweetness balancing really well.

Available from:

www.glasgowdistillery.com    www.masterofmalt.com   www.amazon.co.uk

 

Overall:

Both these gins are highly adaptable for cocktails but they make really fine drinks in their own right.

 

 

Cotswold Distillery Tastings- Gin and Single Malt Spirit

Two lovely offerings from the Cotswold Distillery as a follow up to the visit there and two real crackers as well.

Cotswold Dry Gin- 46% abv

The Gin comes in a stunningly weighty exceptionally dark green bottle and is non-chill filtered.

On the Nose:

Fantastic juniper and lavender nose with citrus to the fore as well. Spice elements are in the background.

Palate:

The spice elements, black pepper and cardamon, now express more and blend well against the juniper, citrus and lavender with maybe even a hint of pine showing through.

Finish:

Very clean with lime and grapefruit ending.

Good with:

Great over ice, with tonic and with the citrus I think it would stand up to something like plain cheesecake.

Available from:

www.cotswoldsdistillery.com    www.thewhiskyexchange.com    www.laithwaites.co.uk   and a number of other stockists

 

Single Malt Spirit Ex red Wine and Bourbon 70:30 Blend 46% abv

This is certainly a great indication of things to come. The sample here is 20 months old and had 70% from red wine barrels and 30 % coming from ex-Bourbon casks. Even at this young age there is a lovely light golden colour on the spirit already.

On the Nose:

Fanatic fruit and malt notes with gorgeous sweet spice also in there.

Palate:

Great honeyed and caramel malty notes- a really stunning pleasant sweetness to it with some of the sugars still present at this stage. Also the fruit is still there alongside  vanilla. The spices are developing.

Finish: Slight pepper with a medium to longer but smooth finish- especially for something so young.

Good with:

Fruit desserts

Overall:

Extremely precocious, well ahead of it’s time and showing great character already.

Available from:

www.cotswoldsdistillery.com