Glover releases new Japanese-Scotch hybrid

Fusion Whisky and Adelphi Distillery have expanded their range of The Glover Scotch-Japanese hybrid whiskies with the launch of an 18-year-old expression.

The edition follows the launch of The Glover 22, The Glover 14 and a previous The Glover 18, but is said to have a “a little more Sherry cask influence” than its predecessor. In line with the rest of the range, the whisky is composed of liquid from Scottish distilleries and the Hanyu distillery in Japan. “Both mouth filling and teeth coating (waxy), it’s initially tangy with decadent marzipan and milk chocolate leading to a very well balanced finish warmed by a hint of fresh pepper and the slightest hint of distant smoke,” Alex Bruce, managing director and master blender at Adelphi Distillery, said of the expression’s flavour. Just 1,406 bottles of this latest The Glover 18 have been released at an RRP of £145. The Glover whiskies are blended at Adephi Distillery and released under the Fusion Whisky company. The range pays homage to 19th century industrialist Thomas Blake Glover, known as the “Scottish Samurai”, who helped lead Japan’s industrial development in the 19th century. He was the first foreigner to receive the Order of the Rising Sun from the Japanese Emperor in recognition of his achievements. In October 2016, Fusion said it was in talks with other international distillers to create more hybrid expressions using Scotch whisky and inspired by historical characters. Around one month later, the company released a Scotch-Indian hybrid whisky containing liquid from Scotland’s Glen Elgin and The Macallan Distilleries and India’s Amrut Distillery.

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