Eden Mill moves into single malt whisky

Scottish distillery Eden Mill has released its inaugural single malt whiskies – the first to be distilled in St Andrews for nearly 160 years.

The new range, called the Hip Flask Series, are available in 20cl bottles. The seven expressions have been matured in first-fill and virgin oak “honey casks” that have been sourced from around the world. As these casks are smaller than barrels traditionally used in whisky maturation the distillery decided to release its first products in smaller bottles. Each of the seven expressions in the series is made with a different combination of malt bill and cask ageing. Hip Flask Series No 2 is made form 8% chocolate malt and 92% pure malt and matured in an American virgin oak cask, while Hip Flask Series No 6 is a pale malt spirit matured in first fill oloroso Sherry hogsheads. Paul Miller, co-founder of Eden Mill, said: “St Andrews has a rich history when it comes to whisky, and now over a century and a half later we’re picking it up where it left off. “The Hip Flask Series is about applying the pioneering and experimental nature synonymous with Eden Mill to single malt whisky, showing the power of trying different grains, processes, maturation techniques and woods to highlight what you can do differently within the realm of single malt Scotch whisky. “What people are tasting now is the start of a journey that will see the Eden Mill single malt evolve over 10, 20 and 30 years. The passion of our small team of distillers is evident in every drop of liquid we have released, and we can’t wait to share it with the world.” The launch of the whisky follows Eden Mill’s announcement that it will expand into a new £4 million distillery and brewery, which will see capacity increase tenfold to 200,000 litres per year. The Hip Flask Series is now available through the distillery's online store, priced at £25 (US$34) per 20cl bottle.

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