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Sweetdram creates ‘first’ whisky amaro

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Edinburgh spirit producer Sweetdram has released the ‘first’ whisky-based amaro, a blend of malt and grain whiskies infused with botanicals and honey.

Sweetdram Whisky Amaro bottle
Both worlds: Sweetdram Whisky Amaro is said to combine both ‘bitter and sweet’ notes. Photo: Murray Orr

The spirit drink is based on three-year-old North British grain whisky matured in virgin oak casks, 12-year-old Invergordon grain matured in ex-Sherry casks and seven-year-old peated Ardmore malt whisky matured in first-fill ex-Bourbon casks.

The blended whisky is then infused with nine botanicals – allspice, hibiscus, coriander, lovage, kola, quassia, rhubarb, fresh lemon peel and lingonberry – before being sweetened with honey.

Distillery co-founder Andrew MacLeod Smith said: ‘We wanted to try something new, to give whisky purists, amaro lovers and modern men and women alike something genuinely exciting and different to sip.

‘First, we spent several months focused on blending the perfect, ideal whisky base to build the rest of the spirit on, then it took many more to test, balance and refine those big, powerful botanicals.’

Described as ‘aromatic and complex’ with ‘bitter, dry and sweet’ notes, Sweetdram Whisky Amaro is bottled at 40% abv.

The spirit drink is currently only available in the UK from the Sweetdram distillery website, priced at £40, though the company is yet to confirm whether the spirit drink will be released internationally.

Sweetdram also produces Escubac, a ‘spicy, citrusy, juniper-free botanical spirit’ and bottles a blended spiced rum.

Available to buy from Master of Malt. It may also be stocked by these other retailers.

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