Norfolk-based The English Whisky Company has launched a 15th anniversary bottling, which was first laid down when the brand was founded.
Launching today (29 September), the 15-year-old single malt is said to be the oldest publicly available English whisky on the market.
Director Andrew Nelstrop commented: “In 2005, our founder James Nelstrop decided to fulfil his lifelong dream to open a whisky distillery; within a year he had built England’s first registered whisky distillery in over a century, and the still were flowing without wonderful spirit. Since then, out single malt whisky has been maturing in the very finest oak casks.
“We launch this autumn our oldest release to date, a 15-year-old that has been matured in a beautiful bespoke Sherry cask. This sublime single cask bottling is testament to the quality of whisky produced by The English Whisky Co and a celebration of our founder’s dream to make whisky in England.”
The single malt is said to be ‘dark and oily’, offering aromas of dates, raisins and sultanas. On the palate, cherries, chocolate and figs can be picked up, with a hint of ginger and added fruits when water is added.
The whisky has been aged in an ex-oloroso demi-muid cask from the founder’s private cellar.
It has been bottled at 57.6% ABV, and is priced at RRP £295 (US$320.93). Only 572 bottles are available, and it is expected ‘to be a sell-out’.
The launch also marks an ‘exciting new era’ for the company, with the bottle debuting ‘sleek’ new branding.
The English Whisky Co is a member of The English Whisky Guild, which officially launched in May this year with an aim to showcase and protect whisky crafted in England.