Scotch whisky producer Ardgowan Distillery has launched the first bottling in its new limited edition Clydebuilt series.Coppersmith is a blended malt made using whisky from Speyside and Highland distilleries, and has been fully matured in first-fill oloroso Sherry casks. The series has been developed by Ardgowan whisky maker Max McFarlane, who joined the group from Edrington earlier this year. “Coppersmith is the first in the Clydebuilt series of whiskies which Ardgowan Distillery will release in the years ahead,” said McFarlane. “Each bottle in the series will celebrate the pride shown by generations of workers on the Clyde, who together built some of the world’s most illustrious ships. “In our first release I wanted to produce a top-drawer blended malt and I believe that is what we have achieved.” Planning permission to build Ardgowan Distillery in Inverkip, near Glasgow, was granted in 2017, with construction set to begin next year. The team plans to start production at the one-million-litre facility in 2021, creating a flagship seven-year-old Scotch alongside a range of younger single malts. “When I first heard there would be a new distillery in Inverkip I knew immediately I wanted to be involved. It’s my hometown and I have long thought that Inverclyde is a natural area for a distillery,” added McFarlane. “It’s 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. “Of course, this will be a number of years away, but our new Clydebuilt series will give us something to enjoy while we wait.” Coppersmith will launch in selected retailers on 1 October and is now available to pre-oder. The whisky has an ABV of 48% and an RRP of £49.99 (approximately US$62).