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Ian Macleod Launch New Chieftain’s Range


7th October 2009
Ian Macleod Distillers Launch New Chieftain’s Range

Independent bottler and distiller Ian Macleod, is to launch a range of new releases from their exclusive Chieftain’s limited edition collection.

The rare casks include new bottlings from some of Scotland’s finest distilleries, and showcases a complete redesign of the bottle and packaging of the Chieftain’s range.

The new releases include a Glenrothes 14 Years Old, an Aultmore 12 Years Old, three Caol Ila’s aged 9, 11 and 13 Years Old, an Ardbeg 11 Years Old, a Benriach 12 Years Old, a Bladnoch 16 Years Old and a Tomatin 16 Years Old.

Designed by Ron Burnett Design the new packaging emphasises its limited edition status with more details appealing to the connoisseur, collector and enthusiast. The new two-part labels, personally signed by Antony McCallum-Caron, Chieftain’s Rare Malt Manager, include individual cask numbers and the number of bottles produced, as well as distillation, bottling date and wood type.

The new labels also have a refined ‘Chieftain’ illustration and elegant calligraphic script brand namestyle, tapered to reflect the new elegant antique bottle shape. They also feature subtle watermark landscapes and are colour coded to represent the region of production.

The new more individual rigid presentation box, in ribbed matt black with old gold lining, replaces the traditional tube-style packaging of previous Chieftain’s bottlings and includes details of regional taste characteristics. The box opens and hinges from the middle to add further premium presentation value.

Designer Ron Burnett said of the new design: “Our brief was to create new premium packaging representative of the superiority and rarity of the new bottlings. The box displays the bottles in a way befitting the exceptional quality and worth of the whisky.”

Iain Weir, Marketing Director for Ian Macleod Distillers commented: “This new release of rare casks is the ideal platform to showcase the new-look Chieftain’s range. The new, more elegant, antique look bottles and premium boxes are the ideal representation of the age, rarity and exceptional quality of the new bottlings.”

Since 1936, Ian Macleod Distillers, through its dedication to tradition and quality, has amassed an unrivalled cask stock from Scotland’s many distilleries. The enviable collection includes extremely rare malts, some from closed or mothballed distilleries. The Chieftain’s collection’s hallmark is that each bottling must be fit for a King, a Leader or in the Celtic world, a Chieftain.

Below is some more detailed info on all of the new releases in the Chieftain's range. Further rare cask releases from the Chieftain’s range are planned for later in the year.
 

Glenrothes 14 Year Old


Unchill-filtered natural colour. Toffee apples, fruit and nut chocolate, honey sweetness and light cinnamon and ginger spice.

Region: Speyside
Cask Type: Sherry Butt
Strength: 43%
RRP: £52.00
 

Aultmore 12 Year Old


Wild berries, mulled wine, vanilla, strawberry cream followed by hot chilly spice.

Region: Speyside
Cask Type: Medoc Barrel Finish
Strength: 46%
RRP: £55.00
 

Caol Ila 9 Year Old


Corinthian sultanas, delicate peat smoke, oily, salty with a light honey sweetness, dry, salty and smoky finish.

Region: Islay
Cask Type: Manzanilla Hogshead Finish
Strength: 46%
RRP: £52.00
 

Caol Ila 11 Year Old


Sorry no tasting note at present.

Region: Islay
Cask Type: Hogsheads
Strength: 43%
RRP: £52.00
 

Caol Ila 13 Year Old


Cooked berries, smoky bacon, rounded peat, chocolate beans and dry smoke and baked banana. A mouthful.

Region: Islay
Cask Type: Medoc Barrel Finish
Strength: 46%
RRP: £57.00
 

Ardbeg 11 Year Old


Green banana, soft peat and salt. Fresh, spicy soft peat and iodine finish followed by more banana. Real medicine.

Region: Islay
Cask Type: Barrels
Strength: 46%
RRP: £53.00
 

Benriach 12 Year Old


Wild strawberries, treacle, mandarin zest, peppery spice dried fruits and nuts.

Region: Speyside
Cask Type: Sherry Butt Finish
Strength: 43%
RRP: £48.00
 

Tomatin 16 Year Old


Strawberry dark chocolate, smooth, creamy with light vanilla spice.

Region: Speyside
Cask Type: Medoc Barrel Finish
Strength: 50%
RRP: Available in international markets only, not UK
 

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