Scotch whisky has been produced at its ‘spiritual home’ for the first time in more than 500 years.
Lindores Abbey, near Newburgh, Fife, is the site named in the first written reference to Scotch whisky, as early as 1494 – although monks were probably making it before then.
Then known as Aqua Vitae, it appeared in the Exchequer Roll naming a monk, Brother John Cor, who was commissioned by King James IV to turn eight bolls of malt into Aqua Vitae.
The Abbey is now in ruins but a modern distillery exists in a nod to its heritage.
On December 20 2017, Lindores Abbey Distillery began making Scotch whisky – which three years and one day later, has finally finished maturing.
Some 20 casks have been filled but won’t be on sale until 2021 and can only be bought by members, with 1494 bottles available.
Drew McKenzie Smith, the founder of Lindores Abbey Distillery, said: “It seems unreal that we have finally reached this milestone in our journey.
“Whisky and Lindores Abbey have been entwined since the 15th century, and to be able to bring Scotch whisky back to its spiritual home is a dream come true.”
The spirit has citrus, red fruit and a malty character, and notes of vanilla, caramel and butterscotch.
Gary Haggart, distillery manager, added “Three years ago we set out to make the best spirit we could, and today we have made it a reality.
“I am immensely proud to be able to share with our team a dram of Lindores Single Malt Scotch whisky that has been 526 years in the making – it is a moment and a drink worth savouring.”
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