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Highland Park unveil new whisky to mark 30th anniversary of Ian Rankin's Rebus

Highland Park has announced plans to collaborate with Edinburgh author Ian Rankin to release a special edition whisky to help mark the 30th anniversary of John Rebus, one of the world’s best-loved fictional detectives.

Published: April 12, 2017
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Fans of the books will be able to get their hands on the Rebus30, a new 10-year-old single malt, during the launch of RebusFest, a new festival of literature, music, art and film, at the end of June 2017.

But they must register their interest in buying the commemorative release, which will retail for £30, on Highland Park’s website.

As part of the RebusFest celebrations in Edinburgh, Highland Park’s senior brand ambassador, Martin Markvardsen, will be hosting two whisky Master Classes on Friday 30 June and Saturday 1 July at the ­Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian.

Guests will be ­given a unique opportunity to taste Rebus30 along with some of the brand’s other ­special whiskies.

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The Rebus30. Picture: Highland Park

Jason R. Craig, Highland Park brand director, said: “We are delighted to have been asked to produce this exclusive bottle to ­celebrate the 30th anniversary of a great crime icon. This is a very ­special partnership for the brand as we were involved ten years ago when Ian ­celebrated the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first Inspector Rebus novel Knots and Crosses.

“To celebrate Rebus30, our brief was to craft a 10-year-old single malt fit for an iconic detective who truly stands apart. The result is a ­stunning single malt created by ­Gordon Motion, our master whisky maker and a tribute to those with a strong independent spirit and those who know their own mind. Best shared with friends or when enjoying a dark crime novel!”

Sarah Benton, group marketing director at Orion Publishing, who will help to launch the festival in the capital, said: “Working with Highland Park on this partnership has been a total delight. What better way to celebrate Rebus’ 30th birthday?

“We know his fans are going to snap up these exclusive bottles fast. In addition, we will be auctioning a few limited edition Highland Park 30-year-old single malt also specially created for Rebus30, throughout the year’s celebrations – watch out for these.”

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Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.

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