Eden Mill is launching its first single malts since distilling began at the Fife brewery and distillery in 2014.
The distillery in Guardbridge, St Andrews, has created seven single malts using various mashbills and casks for its new Hip Flask Series.
The seven small batch expressions, available in 20cl bottles at 47% abv, feature a combination of pale, chocolate, brown and crystal malt, and have been matured in virgin oak octaves (50 litres) and PX or oloroso Sherry hogsheads.
Just 3,800 bottles are available, priced at £25 each.
Paul Miller, co-founder of Eden Mill, said: ‘Each expression in the Hip Flask Series contains liquid matured in what we call ‘honey casks’ – first-fill and virgin oak casks that we’ve hand-selected from all around the world, from Speyside to Spain.
‘As each cask only holds a small amount of liquid, releasing smaller bottles of each is a way for as many whisky fans as possible to discover a taste of what’s to come.
‘The Hip Flask Series is about applying the pioneering and experimental nature synonymous with Eden Mill to single malt whisky, showing the power of trying different grains, processes, maturation techniques and woods to highlight what you can do differently within the realm of single malt Scotch whisky.’
Additional expressions in the series will be released in the coming months, including peated, Port and wine cask-matured bottlings.
Small batch: Much of Eden Mill’s output is filled into small 50-litre octave casks
The Hip Flask Series has been launched alongside a special edition single malt bottling for staff and members of the Eden Mill Cask Club, while a 2018 Limited Edition Single Malt will be released later this summer for the general public. Those purchasing a bottle from the Hip Flask Series will be given the opportunity to be among the first to join the waiting list to acquire a bottle.
The Eden Mill 2018 Limited Edition, which will be available for £75, has been distilled from a pale malt mash and matured in a combination of Bourbon barrels and PX and oloroso Sherry hogsheads. It will be bottled at 47% abv.
Scott Ferguson, head distiller at Eden Mill, said: ‘We’re just waiting for the Bourbon casks to come of age in July before we can release our 2018 single malt,’ he said.
‘The whisky will have a candied, light barley sugar and cream soda character from the Bourbon casks, but tied down without becoming overly sweet with rich spiciness from the Sherried hogsheads.’
The announcement of Eden Mill’s first single malt releases follows news earlier this year of a £4 million investment in expanding the distillery into new premises metres away from the current site in Guardbridge.
Miller said: ‘St Andrews has a rich history when it comes to whisky, and now over a century and a half later we’re picking it up where it left off – on the site of the old Seggie distillery that Eden Mill now stands on.’
Seggie was a single malt and grain distillery once operated by the famous Haig family, which closed in 1860.
The seven expressions in the Hip Flask Series include:
Hip Flask Series No.1: Pale malt mash, matured in a French virgin octave
Hip Flask Series No.2: Chocolate malt (8%) and pale malt (92%) mash, matured in a virgin American oak octave
Hip Flask Series No.3: Brown and crystal malt (8%) and pale malt (92%) mash matured in a virgin American oak octave
Hip Flask Series No.4: Pale malt mash matured in a virgin French oak octave
Hip Flask Series No.5: ‘Frankenstein Malt Bill’ (brown and crystal malt (33%), chocolate malt (33%) and pale malt (34%) matured in a virgin American oak octave
Hip Flask Series No.6: Pale malt mash matured in an oloroso Sherry hogshead
Hip Flask Series No.7: Pale malt mash matured in a PX Sherry hogshead