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MacDuff launches two new whisky blends

MacDuff International is launching two new products: an addition to its historic Grand Macnish range of Scotch whiskies and Lauder’s Ruby Cask Finish, the second addition to the Lauder’s Art of Blending range, which marries Lauder’s Scotch Whisky with a variety of complimentary casks.

Grand Macnish 6 Cask Edition is a blended malt whisky which combines malts from the six different whisky producing regions of Scotland – Highland, Speyside, Islay, Campbeltown, Lowland & Islands, giving a taste of “Scotland in a Bottle”. This edition of Grand Macnish maintains the traditional balance of the blend as well as the signature 6-pinch bottle, which has changed little in over 100 years. Each bottle will come with a neckhanger booklet, explaining the typical characteristics of each of the regions.

The new Lauder’s port edition is presented in the traditional Lauder’s 4-pinch bottle with a high quality gift carton with a  leather texture and featuring the image of a port wine cellar.  The whisky has a slightly reddish hue which it has taken from its time maturing in seasoned Ruby Port casks. The malt and grain whiskies that make up the blend are initially aged in charred bourbon casks. These individual whiskies are then combined to form the blend, and then returned, for a second time, to mature further in Ruby Port casks. The resulting whisky combines the recognisable Lauder’s traditional sweetness and smoothness with a long finish bringing in fruity red wine hints from the port casks. This new item is available in 70cl and litre size, for both domestic and travel retail markets.

25 September 2014 - Felicity Murray The Drinks Report, editor