Lindores Abbey unveils aqua vitae

Scotland’s Lindores Abbey Distillery has launched its first expression – an aqua vitae made with 100% Fife barley.

Lindores Abbey Aqua Vitae is made with herbs and spices that would have been grown on the site and used in spirit production in 1494. It is infused with sweet cicely, cleavers and lemon verbena foraged from the abbey ruins, as well as douglas fir before being macerated and blended at Lindores Abbey Distillery. Bottled at 40% abv, the expression has notes of peach, pear, ginger, clove and rich cinnamon spice. On the finish it has a “deep caramel sweetness” and “lovely light herbal notes”. Aqua Vitae will be launched to the on-trade through a series of events in Scotland this month. Cases of 6x70ml bottles are available for purchase from the distillery or online. The Fife-based distillery officially opened in October last year, and claims to be the site of first recorded whisky distillation in Scotland. Scotch whisky production at the distillery began in December 2017, with the initial spirit filled into ex-Woodford Reserve and Old Forester Bourbon barrels.