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MacNairís Boutique House of Spirits

15th July 2021
Introducing the new MacNairís Boutique House of Spirits range which encompasses their new-look Lum Reek Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, and a brand new small-batch rum line named Exploration Rum.

MacNairís Boutique House of Spirits range - Lum Reek 12 Year Old, Lum Reek 21 Year Old, Exploration Rum 7 Year Old Peated, Exploration Rum 15 Year Old and Exploration Rum 7 Year Old

Independently owned and managed whisky firm, The GlenAllachie Distillers Company, led by industry stalwart Billy Walker, has unveiled its first-ever rum as their MacNairís brand is repositioned as a Boutique House of Spirits.

Going forward MacNairís Boutique House of Spirits will encompass their new-look Lum Reek Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, and a brand new small-batch rum line named Exploration Rum.

The Lum Reek whisky sub-range will continue to feature MacNair's Lum Reek Peated 21 Year Old, which scooped Worldís Best Blended Malt at the World Whiskies Awards 2020 and Best Blended Malt Scotch at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2021, as well as MacNair's Lum Reek Peated 12 Year Old, which won Double Gold at the same San Francisco competition.

To create Lum Reek, experienced Master Blender Walker sourced the finest vintage Speyside and Islay single malts to be blended with aged GlenAllachie in pursuit of the perfect balance between gentle peat and rich, fruity character. Once expertly blended, the whisky underwent a secondary maturation period, highlighting Walkerís passion for innovative wood management.

The 12-year-old was laid to rest for over 12 additional months in premium American oak barrels, sherry casks, and French oak barriques, whilst the 21-year-old enjoyed secondary aging in Spanish sherry casks, French oak, and virgin oak casks. This supplementary maturation period allows the flavours to marry and extract additional depth from the wood.

Both small-batch whiskies are proudly offered at high alcohol strength, and without added colouring or chill filtration.

The new Exploration Rum sub-brand sees Walker search out the worldís finest rums to be further enhanced by superlative blending and world-class maturation, assured by an almost half centuryís experience.

This first instalment of Exploration Rums were sourced from Panama, renowned for its volcanic soil which provides the ideal growing environment for rumís key ingredient, sugar cane. The range features a 7 year old Peated (UK RRSP £46.99), 7 year old (UK RRSP £42.99), and 15 year old (UK RRSP £64.99) bottling.

Each expression was initially matured in American oak in the tropical Panamanian climate, before being transferred to the cooler maturation environment at The GlenAllachie Distillery in Speyside to be elevated by Walker.

The innovative 7 year old Peated rum underwent secondary maturation in casks that previously held heavily peated whisky distilled at GlenAllachie, whilst the 7 year old and 15 year old were filled to red wine, virgin oak and ex-Bourbon casks for over 2 years.

The rums are each presented at 46% ABV, with no added colouring or chill filtration. This first batch is limited to approximately 400 cases per expression.

Commenting on the brand repositioning and landmark move into rum, Walker comments:

"Iíve long held a desire to explore and apply my expertise to a new spirit category, curious as to what the outcome could be. Rum was an exciting prospect as, in a similar vein to whisky, it allows for greater scope of innovation and experimentation, particularly in regard to maturation.

"Iíve spent a great deal of time sampling and tracking down what I deem to be the finest rums from across the world to bring to my lab at The GlenAllachie Distillery and put my own distinctive twist on. The result in this first batch of Panama experiences is what I believe to be a trio of really exciting and unique rums which explore the influence of wood, but also the impact of maturation in a cooler climate.

"Iím also delighted to see the Lum Reek blended malts be presented in a more contemporary and eye-catching pack with an intricate hand-drawn illustration, reflecting the quality of the award-winning spirit within. Blended Malts are widely underrated within the whisky world; however, I truly believe MacNairís Lum Reek can sit proudly alongside even the best single malts."

MacNairís Boutique House of Spirits products are available from specialist online retailers such as Master of Malt

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