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Mey Selections Glen Ord Single Cask Release

8th August 2019
New Mey Selections Rare Cask range launches with a Glen Ord 12 year old single cask whisky, sales of the whisky will support rural communities in the far north of Scotland.

Mey Selections Glen Ord 12 Year Old Single Cask whisky (Image credit to Wes Kingston Photography).'Mey Selections' is a selection of traditional, quality Scottish products which was established in 2005 with the support of His Royal Highness Prince Charles and the reason I mention it here is that it has just launched its first whisky under the brand, the Mey Selections Glen Ord 12 Year Old Single Cask whisky.

Mey Selections takes its name from the beloved Highland home of Prince Charles’ grandmother, HRH the Queen Mother, the award-winning range Mey Selections was created as part of a charity initiative to help surrounding communities by supporting the local food and drink industry.

The Mey Selections Rare Cask Release is the first in a series of rare whiskies specially selected for Mey Selections, a limited edition, non chill filtered, cask strength 12 year old whisky from Glen Ord distillery, the only remaining single malt distillery on the Black Isle. Casks from this distillery are normally reserved for Diageo’s premium ‘Singleton’ single malt whisky as well as being a key component of Johnnie Walker, the world’s most popular Scotch whisky. The cask was hand selected by Goldfinch Whisky Merchants for discerning whisky lovers.

As whisky connoisseurs and collectors know, a single cask of whisky by its very nature is unique and can never be repeated and given this Glen Ord whisky's royal connection and the fact that it has be released in aid of a very good Scottish cause I am sure that this will sell very quickly when word gets out.

Ardgowan whisky maker Max McFarlane, who has ensured the quality of some of the industry’s most iconic brands, and who is selecting exceptional whiskies for release by Mey Selections on behalf of Goldfinch, said:

"I sampled casks from all over the North of Scotland but this particular cask had superior sensory and palate qualities. It has the wonderful flavours of a sherry cask which is filled with whisky for the first time. It is fresh and fruity on the nose with hints of white grapes and aromatic spices followed by a breath of warm butterscotch. Beautifully formed and well rounded on the palate, sweet notes of vanilla and prunes are enriched by suggestions of malted barley and linseed oil. A whisper of light spice heralds a deliciously smooth and lingering finish. Add all this to good maturation and natural colour and we have a product fit for a King."

The Mey Selections Glen Ord 12 Year Old Single Cask was distilled in April 2007, matured in a sherry butt, naturally coloured and non chill-filtered it has been bottled in July 2019 at cask strength 51% ABV and is a limited release of 689 bottles with a price tag of £118.

Don't forget that a donation from every bottle sold will go towards supporting rural communities in the far north of Scotland through the charity behind Mey Selections, and bottle number one has been presented to the charity’s founder, HRH, The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay. The Mey Selections Rare Cask Release is available to buy exclusively from  Goldfinch Whisky Merchants

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