Tuesday, 27 October 2021 08:21

First Scottish-Japanese fusion whisky launched

First Scottish-Japanese fusion whisky launched

The world’s first fusion whisky, celebrating the relationship between Scotland and Japan, has been launched in Aberdeen.

To create “The Glover,” high-quality Scotch whisky was blended with the contents of one of just a few casks distilled at Japan’s Hanyu distillery, which closed in 2000.

The drink is named after the “Scottish Samurai” Thomas Blake Glover, a Fraserburgh man who left Scotland for Japan at an early age, and went on to have a profound impact on the modernisation of Japan in the 19th Century.

Glover became the first foreigner to receive the Order of the Rising Sun from the Japanese Emperor, in recognition of his many achievements.

The project was devised by Arbroath man Jim Millar, who holds the Consul General of Japan’s Certificate of Commendation and the Scottish Samurai Shogun Award for promoting the relationship between the two countries.

It was blended by managing director of Adelphi Distillery, Alex Bruce, who is also the great-great grandson of the Earl of Elgin, who signed the first treaty of Trade and Amity between the UK and Japan in 1858. It was this treaty which paved the way for British traders and entrepreneurs such as Thomas Blake Glover and his peers.

Two brands have been created from the fusion whisky: The Glover by Adelphi, which will retail in the region of £1,000 per bottle, and The Glover 14 by Adelphi, with a price of £85-£100.

Alex Bruce said: “I’m delighted to be involved in such an exciting and unique project. This brand is set to strengthen an already strong bond between Japan and Scotland.

“We wanted the final whisky to present the unique flavours of both casks, but also to be even more than the sum of its parts.

“We also added a drop of whisky from Glen Garioch Distillery in homage to Thomas Glover’s home in Aberdeenshire, to complete the flavour profile.”

Jim Millar added: “This whisky is an excellent way of acknowledging the life of Thomas Blake Glover, and celebrating our important relationship with Japan, which continues to flourish, especially in the fields of trade, culture and education.”

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