Tobermory Distillery has released a new limited edition gin inspired by the mountains of Mull and a non-aged statement whisky from its Ledaig range, which pays homage to a sunken Spanish galleon laden with treasure off the island’s shores.
Tobermory Mountain Gin is infused with hand-selected botanicals from its island home, alongside a splash of spirit from the distillery’s stills.
Wild heather picked from Mull’s mountains complement rowan berry, rosehip and 10 other botanicals, to create a gin which is smooth and sweet with a gently warming spice.
At 43.3% ABV, Tobermory Mountain Gin is best served in a balloon glass with lots of ice, premium tonic and a sprig of heather – but can also be used for in a range of cocktail recipes.
Ledaig’s Sinclair Series Rioja Cask Finish, Tobermory Distillery’s first ever non-aged statement, pays tribute to the San Juan de Sicilia, an ill-fated Spanish Armada vessel which got into difficulties in the waters around Mull, sinking with a rumoured haul of gold.
Countless diving expeditions have tried in vain to recover the valuable cargo, which is shrouded in mystery.
The 46.3%ABV expression is made with heavily peated barley before maturing in ex-bourbon casks and resting for 18 months in hand-selected Spanish Rioja casks - a nod to the famous shipwreck.
The Sinclair Series celebrates Tobermory’s 220-year heritage and creative approach to distilling. It’s a tribute to John Sinclair who founded the distillery in 1798, writing the first chapter of Tobermory’s pioneering history.
Julieann Fernandez, master blender at Tobermory Distillery said: “It’s been a year we won’t forget easily at the distillery, but despite everything else we’ve worked hard to produce an incredible range of new releases.
“The introduction of our first ever limited edition gin marks yet another chapter in the distillery’s 220-year history.
"We have long championed the Isle of Mull and its diverse offering so it felt right for our limited edition to invoke the spirit of this charming island.
"The gin is utterly stunning in flavour, with the botanicals working together to form a unique and encapsulating taste profile which is perfect to be savoured as the nights draw in.
“Sitting alongside Ledaig 10 and 18-year-old, the Sinclair Series Rioja Cask Finish is inspired by Tobermory’s colourful past, nautical adventure and lost treasure.
"The smoky yet sweet expression is a fitting addition to the core Ledaig range, delivering the perfect marriage of peated flavours with fruity rioja sweetness and spice.
“Both of these expressions reflect he creativity and passion which we celebrate at Tobermory Distillery, crafting exceptional products which are an expression of the rich palate of our Hebridean home.”
Tobermory Distillery is part of Distell’s malt whisky portfolio, which also includes Bunnahabhain and Deanston.
Both distilleries were commended at the Scotch Whisky Awards, with Bunnahabhain 25 taking the title of ‘Best Single Malt 21 Year Old and Over’, following on from recent successes as IWSC and ISC ceremonies.
Ledaig Sinclair Series Rioja Cask Finish is available in the UK and mainland Europe via Amazon, specialist retailers and convenience stores. RSP is £36. Mountain Gin is also available via Amazon with a RSP of £31.