Whisky returns home to Lindores Abbey after 526 years
However, don't expect to find a bottle of Lindores in your local supermarket...
For a whisky to be truly called 'Scotch' it requires an ageing process of at least three years. Well, imagine waiting 526 years; Because, that's exactly how long it has been since Whisky was produced at its spiritual home of Lindores Abbey in Fife, Scotland.
The first written record of Scotch Whisky references Lindores Abbey, and therefore it is seen as the 'home' of all modern Scotch Whisky products.
Lindores is the spiritual home of Scotch Whisky. Tina Norris Photography
Three years ago, on 20 December 2017, the first 20 casks were filled, and have been watched over ever since. Now, an extremely limited run of 'homecoming' Whisky is available, having successfully completed the required ageing process.
Lindores Abbey Distillery founder Drew McKenzie Smith is delighted to reach this milestone, and return Scotch Whisky to its home: “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.”
On the nose, the limited batch is said to have citrus, red fruit and malty tones, with flavour notes of vanilla, caramel and butterscotch.
Tina Norris Photography
Gary Haggart, distillery manager, was equally proud of the occasion: “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.”
However, if you think you'd be keen to sample a taste, you may be in for a shock. Only 1,494 bottles will be made (in reference to the Whisky first being recorded in 1494) and are only available via membership of Lindores Distilleries' 1494 Society.
With the release scheduled for February, only a few society places remain. If you're a connoisseur of Scotch, it would be well worth looking in to; Just be sure to tell us what the Whisky is like when you try it!