The first single malt whisky to be produced in Glasgow in more than 100 years will go on sale later this year.
The Glasgow Distillery Company, the first independent single malt distillery to open in the city since 1902, and makers of Makar Gin, has announced the launch of 1770 Glasgow Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
With only 5,000 bottles existing globally, bottles will be allocated via a ballot with online registration.
Created and crafted by the forward-thinking team at the distillery, the whisky has been described as refreshing and warming, with hints of pear, rhubarb and custard on the nose, and a lingering peppery yet sweet finish.
The single malt whisky’s hometown has transformed into a hotbed of innovation in recent years, with more new businesses and events setting up in Glasgow than ever before. It’s this spirited mentality that helped to inspire 1770.
Laid down in first fill ex-bourbon casks and finished for a short period in virgin oak, 1770 delivers a clean, full flavour from the very start. Non-chill filtered, it is bottled at 46% ABV.
The first few 1770 casks began to come of age this week, ahead of its official on-sale date of 3rd June. Those who register interest on glasgowdistillery.com between now and then will be entered into a ballot to be given the chance to purchase the limited new release, which will be delivered later in the year.
1770 is the first wave of single malt whisky to be released by The Glasgow Distillery Company – but not the last. In 2019 and 2020, peated and triple-distilled single malt expressions will be released as part of continued annual limited-edition releases.
Scottish rural businesses who go digital could add £2.5bn to Scotland’s economy, according to a new report.
The report, commissioned by Amazon, shows Scottish rural businesses could add between £1.2bn and £2.5bn annually in GVA to Scotland’s rural economy and at least £1.44bn to rural business turnover by going digital.
“Over the past 20 years, we’ve seen opportunities for rural entrepreneurs transformed through e-commerce, better delivery services and growing access to fast broadband. But as today’s report shows, there’s much further to go before anyone can say the rural-urban divide has closed,” said Doug Gurr, UK country manager at Amazon.
“Embracing digital technology not only benefits the economy; it also allows rural communities to combine great quality of life with access to global opportunities. We are working to play our part in helping achieve the report’s ambitions through programmes such as Amazon Academy events and webinars, where last year we helped hundreds of rural businesses learn how to go digital.”
The report also found that the South West, Eastern and South East regions of England, which have the largest share of rural businesses in the UK, are set to benefit the most from greater digital adoption. Scotland accounts for 9.6% of all rural businesses in the UK.
Empowering women in technology is key to boosting the economy, according to a report launched on International Women’s Day.
The report reveals the critical role women play in driving economic growth across the UK, with detailed research on 1,279 women-led companies showing a total contribution of £25.9bn in revenue to the UK economy.
The world’s first whisky cryptocurrency has been launched in Scotland, offering investors the chance to own a share of a £40 million portfolio of world-class scotch via a new cryptocurrency, CaskCoin.
The CaskCoin portfolio, a blockchain-based whisky investment fund, is comprised of a range of casks, including some of the most sought after old and rare single malts, which are aged between 21 and 50 years old in cask.
These includes notable whiskies such as Macallan, Glenlivet, Bowmore, Dalmore and Port Ellen, plus several exceedingly rare casks from closed distilleries.
Each coin will be backed by physical ownership of a share of every cask in the CaskCoin portfolio, stored in bonded warehouses in Scotland, opening the portfolio to global investors.
You can read more about cryptocurrencies and blockchain in this Business for Scotland article