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Arbikie signs deal for Singapore distribution of Highland Rye

Scotland's Arbikie distillery is set for a bumper Burns Night celebration after securing a deal in Singapore for its new 1794 expression of Highland Rye whisky.

Despite adverse international trading conditions, the Angus-based field-to-bottle distiller has secured a deal with spirits distributor Spun Spirits for the third edition of its Highland Rye - currently the only rye Scotch whisky.

Singapore is a significant market for luxury spirits in Asia and makes a strong addition to the international distribution network for Arbikie's product range, which includes AK's Gin and the 'climate-positive' Nàdar Gin and Vodka.  

Following the limited editions of Highland Rye launched in 2018 and 2019, the 1794 Highland Rye is being rolled out across global markets in 2021. Unlike the previous editions, which were finished in further casks, the 1794 has been matured in virgin oak. The distillery says this maturation method complements the rye spirit and has imparted notes of baking spices, butterscotch and muscovado sugar.

Arbikie director Iain Stirling said: "We have been working very hard to expand globally and this new deal is a good start for us in the booming Asian whisky market. In a few years, from our launch limited edition to expanding into major whisky markets, such as Canada and the US, to launching our signature 1794 edition, it's a very exciting time at Arbikie as we look for further expansion elsewhere in Asia and the Middle East."

To celebrate the official launch of 1794, Highland Rye is hosting a global celebration on Burns Night (Monday 25 January).

22 January 2021 - Bethany Whymark