House of Hazelwood release The Accelerator & The Brake - a 33 year old blended scotch whisky

House of Hazelwood has released a new whisky, in collaboration with Dave Broom.

Published 20th Sep 2023
Updated 26 th Oct 2023

House of Hazelwood has unveiled a 33 year old blended scotch whisky created in a rare collaboration with renowned whisky writer Dave Broom.

Named The Accelerator & The Brake, this new House of Hazelwood whisky has been released alongside is an exclusive documentary celebrating the history of the Gordon Family – one of whisky’s foremost families.

The Accelerator & The Brake name

Under blender Eilidh Muir’s watchful eye, Broom selected a dynamic aged grain and an elegant malt, inverting their ratios with unexpected results.

The aim was to celebrate the uniquely successful partnership of the Gordon brothers Charles and Sandy, who revolutionised the whisky industry throughout the second half of the 20th Century.

Dave Broom was invited to discover more about House of Hazelwood and through that process he uncovered unique stories about the two brothers. ‘The Accelerator’ and ‘The Brake’ were nicknames bestowed to Charles and Sandy Gordon by their employees, colleagues, and business associates.

It was said that Charles Gordon was extremely driven and ambitious, whereas his brother and business counterpart was more measured and reserved.

Together they represented the accelerator and brake, resulting in the perfect business partnership.

House of Hazelwood accelerator and brake

Dave explains how the nature of the two brothers inspired him to create a unique blend, saying: "This whisky captures the essence of the relationship between the two brothers.

"As I uncovered the history behind the House of Hazelwood, I wanted to create a whisky which reflected their complimentary personalities.

"Working with Eilidh Muir from the blending team, she helped to create what I believe is a truly brilliant example of blending with every element working together.

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"I wasn’t sure if inverting the classic blending model would work, but with Eilidh’s guidance we found that by using a quiet malt alongside a parcel of full-flavoured grain it has resulted in an exceptional blend that gives balance and complexity but in an unusual formulation – the dynamic grain driving flavour and the malt acting as the quiet partner.”

The whisky also has an unconventional maturation as it was aged in American White Oak casks with a component matured for a time in Virgin Oak.

The result is a blend that is sweeter than you might first expect on the palate, with notes of heavy maple, pecan pie and, in time, chocolate.

Commenting on the whisky flavour, Dave said: “It’s clearly a mature whisky with rich black fruits while the oiliness provides a silky texture.

"The finish is long with intense spices that mellow into After Eight mints. Overall, it has a real energy and shows no sign of fatigue.”

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Accompanying the whisky, the exclusive 30-minute documentary sees Dave Broom delve into the history of House of Hazelwood through interviews with family members, as well as current and former colleagues. The five-part series explores bloodlines, whisky making, legacies and every aspect in between.

Dave Broom shares his personal tasting notes for this joint House of Hazelwood creation.

The Accelerator & The Brake, 33-Year-Old Blended Scotch Whisky is on sale now, with only 209 bottles worldwide. It has a 56.7% ABV and is priced at £1,700.

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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