Have you ever dreamed about creating your own special single malt whisky from scratch to suit your own tastes?
Well now you can, thanks to a remarkable opportunity to own a cask of whisky from Holyrood Distillery.
The distillery in Edinburgh, which will be the first single malt distillery in the Scottish capital for almost 100 years when it opens in July, is making 100 casks available through The Holyrood Cask Programme.
In an innovative move, Holyrood is offering single malt connoisseurs the chance to customise the flavour of their whisky.
This unique process will start with a flavour consultation with Holyrood’s experts – head distiller, Dr Jack Mayo, and co-founder David Robertson, whose long-running career in the industry has included a spell as master distiller at The Macallan.
The discussion will determine the purchaser’s particular flavour preferences and then allow the buyer to choose how long the barley is dried and roasted; which yeasts are used for fermentation; the distillation approach and distillation date; and the type of cask for maturation, including its oak species, size and previous fill.
The distillery is focusing on four core flavours – smoky, spicy, sweet and fruity/floral – with cask purchasers able to tailor their choices around those flavours or explore something different.
Three barrel types are available – a barrel (200 litres), a hogshead (250 litres) and a butt (500 litres) at £4,500, £5,500 and £10,500 respectively. The cost includes flavour consultation, whisky creation, the cask, storage for ten years, sampling, insurance, labelling and bottling.
Head distiller Dr Jack Mayo said: ‘Everything we do at Holyrood is driven by flavour. That’s why our Cask Programme gives people the unique chance to tailor a cask of our whisky to suit their flavour preferences.’
David added: ‘Normally, if you invest in buying a cask of whisky from a distillery, you are limited to their spirit perhaps with a choice of one or two cask types. But we’re flipping things on their head and giving buyers the chance to design the flavour. By working with me and Jack, they can have a hand in each step of the whisky’s journey and be in control of shaping how the whisky tastes.’
Sales are limited to a maximum of two casks per person, with a deposit of £1500 per cask required to secure ownership.
To register an interest in the Holyrood Cask Programme, visit https://casks.holyrooddistillery.co.uk/enquire
Holyrood Distillery will open to the public in July 2019. It is the first single malt whisky distillery in Edinburgh for almost 100 years. The last working distillery in the capital was the Edinburgh Distillery (aka Glen Sciennes) which closed in 1925.
The distillery project cost approximately £6.7m, backed by £5.8m fundraising and will create 30 jobs.
The build took a year and the distillery is housed in a Class B listed, built in 1835 as part of one of the first railways in the UK.
As well as distilling single malt whisky, Holyrood Distillery produces award-winning gins and liqueurs on its specially designed gin still
The distillery, which is located in the heart of Edinburgh, features a visitor centre and shop. Tours and tasting experiences will run daily throughout the year