Ardgowan debuts Shipwright whisky

by Alice Brooker

Scottish producer Ardgowan Distillery has released the second whisky in its Clydebuilt series.

The new whisky, called Shipwright, is a blend of single malts sourced from Speyside and Highland distilleries. It is said to offer scents of leather, marzipan, tobacco and sandalwood. Matured in first-fill oloroso Sherry casks, Shipwright is the second in the Clydebuilt series following the launch of blended malt Coppersmith in 2019. Distillery chief executive, Martin McAdam, said: “The feedback we’ve had from Coppersmith gives us great confidence in our ability to craft premium whisky with broad appeal. I think it is our best dram yet.” The whisky is non-chill-filtered and bottled at 48% ABV. It is available for an RRP of £49.99 (US$70). In 2017, Ardgowan Distillery gained planning permission to build a new distillery in Inverkip, west of Glasgow. However, construction on the site has been delayed by Brexit and Covid-19, and work is now due to begin later this year. McAdam added: “Since the moment we launched the business, our goal has always been to build a world-class distillery and visitor centre on the Ardgowan Estate. “Naturally, our plans have been on hold for some months due firstly to Brexit and then Covid-19, but now I am confident we will start work later this year on our one-million-litre distillery, and we will be in operation by 2023. “Ardgowan is en route to the islands, it’s near the sea and I think this will help us create a coastal lowland malt of real character.”