Adelphi Distillery Ltd redefines sustainability with new Deluxe Blend

Scottish Independent bottler announces addition to its award-winning range of whiskies.

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Published: 17/05/2023

Adelphi Distillery Ltd is proud to announce the release of Maclean’s Nose, a new blended Scotch whisky. Adelphi has been one of Scotland’s most acclaimed independent bottlers since 1993, producing a wide range of whiskies, from iconic single casks to a quality blend. It is also the parent company of The Ardnamurchan Distillery. The new addition to Adelphi’s range is Maclean’s Nose, a traditional blend, with some modern twists, which takes its name from a rocky outcrop not far from The Ardnamurchan Distillery.

What sets Maclean’s Nose apart is its high malt content of 70% and the significant presence of ex-sherry casks, which imparts a rich depth of flavour. This unchill-filtered whisky showcases its natural colour and is bottled at 46% ABV, allowing the true essence of the spirit to shine through. The first batch of 25,000 bottles is available worldwide now and retails at specialist whisky shops in the UK at around £30/bottle.

Enchanting the senses, Maclean’s Nose reveals a captivating array of tasting notes. Expect the delightful interplay of burnt citrus peel, invigorating sea salt, indulgent white chocolate and the smoky essence of a bonfire by the beach. This deluxe blend encapsulates the rugged and alluring spirit of the Scottish West Coast.

A prominent feature of the Ardnamurchan coastline and only a short distance from the distillery, Maclean's Nose is a bit of a geological and historical wonder. Its wild, rugged beauty inspired the creation of this new blend, Maclean’s Nose, as well as Adelphi’s link with well-known whisky specialist, Charles MacLean.

Alex Bruce, Managing Director of Adelphi Distillery Ltd says: “I remember at the opening of our new distillery in Ardnamurchan in July 2014, our longstanding sensory mentor, Charlie MacLean, telling me that we were now officially the closest distillery to his nose. It didn’t sink in until sometime later that he was actually referring to the famous promontory off Ben Hiant just a few miles down the coast.

Formed some 60 million years ago from a giant volcanic eruption, Maclean’s Nose has long been used as a navigational aid by passing boats. The multi-coloured agglomerate, once lava flow, also inspired our slate-blue Ardnamurchan bottle colour.

We are really proud to now be able to celebrate both our chief nose and our neighbouring nose together in this exciting new West Coast blend. As with all things Adelphi, it is an unashamedly flavour-first whisky, and we hope that you enjoy it as much as we do.”

In addition to the remarkable whisky within, Maclean’s Nose embraces sustainability in its packaging. The Whisky is presented without a gift box, simply in a clear 70cl glass bottle with a label made from Crush Barley, the newest sustainable paper available to print. This innovative material is crafted from a combination of post-consumer waste and barley draff, which would otherwise end up in landfills. The back label features a QR code which tells the story of the whisky and its make up. By prioritizing the circular economy and responsible packaging, Adelphi sets a new standard for eco-consciousness across the whisky industry.

Adelphi worked in collaboration with young Scottish artist – Reuben Sian de Gourlay, to create the artwork for the front label. Born in Dundee in 1998, Reuben recently graduated from UAL Camberwell College of Arts with 1st class honours. In 2020, he was awarded ‘Young Fine Artist of the Year’ in the Scottish Portrait Awards.

Maclean’s Nose will be available from the usual Adelphi and Ardnamurchan Single Malt retailers, a full list can be found on the website:

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