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Cù Bòcan relaunches with trio of new malts

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Cù Bòcan, the peated single malt from Highland distillery Tomatin, has relaunched with three new limited edition whiskies said to explore ‘innovative maturation’ techniques.

Cù Bòcan Signature on whisky cask
Matured malt: The Cù Bòcan Signature has been aged in ex-Bourbon, ex-Sherry and virgin oak casks

The new range of no-age-statement whiskies, all of which are bottled at 46% abv, contains a core Signature malt in addition to Creations #1 and #2, which are matured in ‘experimental’ combinations of casks.

Cù Bòcan Signature has been matured in a combination of ex-Bourbon, ex-oloroso Sherry and virgin American oak casks, and is said to contain ‘subtly smoky, surprisingly sweet’ notes of ‘rich citrus and exotic spices’.

Creation #1 is said to be a ‘sweet and buttery’ malt matured in a combination of Imperial stout casks from Black Isle Brewery and Moscatel De Setúbal wine casks from Bacalhôa, which ‘marries the best bits of its wine and beer counterparts’.

Creation #2 has been matured in ex-Shochu and virgin European oak casks and is said to be ‘rich and lively’ with ‘hints of smoke and key lime pie’.

Cask combos: The two Creation malts make use of ‘unusual’ casks during maturation

The whiskies are housed in updated packaging including a bottle designed by agency Thirst Craft, which is said to reflect Cù Bòcan’s ‘contemporary spirit’.

The range is available in specialist stores worldwide from August, priced at £45 for Cù Bòcan Signature and £60 for Creations #1 and #2.

First launched in 2013, Cù Bòcan is made with peated single malt distilled at Tomatin for one week each winter.

The name is said to mean ‘ghost dog’ in Gaelic, after a legendary spectral hound that is said to haunt the village of Tomatin.

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