Abhainn Dearg releases its first 10-year-old single malt

The distillery on the Isle of Lewis unveals its oldest bottling to date with a 10-year-old

As reported by Scotchwhisky.com, a great milestone for the only and also first legal distillery of the Isle of Lewis in nearly two centuries has been achieved. The Abhainn Dearg distillery, opened in 2008, introduced its first 10-year-old single malt whisky. It has been fully matured in ex-Bourbon casks from the American distillery Buffalo Trace in Kentucky. The whisky, bottled at 46% abv, is said to have a sweet aroma and a honey-sweet taste.

Over the next two years, only 10,000 bottles are expected to be released, as Abhainn Dearg is managing its stocks to ensure that older bottlings can be released in the future. Founder and head distiller Marko Tayburn said: "The problem as a small producer is if you want to produce a 15-year-old or even a 20-year-old whisky, but sell too much of the 10-year-old, then you quickly reach the limits with your stocks. It's a constant balancing act to get it right."

Furthermore, the distillery has released a limited edition single cask whisky: the Abhainn Dearg 10 Year Old Special Release. Bottled from the first 10-year-old cask, only 100 bottles of this limited edition have been produced. Also bottled at 46% abv and packed in a fine wooden box with a certificate, this rarity costs £475 on site.


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