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Stravaig Spirits launch brand new whisky to celebrate Christmas and Hogmanay

Stravaig Spirits has launched a trio of single malt whiskies to help celebrate the festive season

AHEAD of Christmas and Hogmanay, Edinburgh-based spirits company, Stravaig Spirits, has launched a trio of single malt whiskies to help celebrate the festive season. 

Launching under the brand name Tri Carragh, the three bottles of single malt Scotch whisky is the spirit company’s first independent bottling release. 

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The three Tri Carragh bottles are single-cask releases and include Bunnahabhain, Linkwood, and Tomatin:

  • Bunnahabhain (RRP: £75)

Tasting notes include an unreduced nose of boozy vanilla sponge and marzipan, followed by sweet tobacco and fresh sea air. In terms of taste, expect sweet and salted, under-ripe pear, lingering lemon and mint cordial, sherbet, white pepper, and lasting apple-flavoured vape.

Region: Islay

Age: 9 Years

Distil Date: 07.03.13

Strength: 58.3%

Cask Type: Refill Bourbon Hogshead

Outturn: One of 358 bottles

Additional Information: Single Cask Single Malt

  • Linkwood (RRP: £84)

Anticipate a nose full of fruit and sweetness, toffee apple, honeydew melon, vanilla fudge, pear, and pineapple, along with notes of cinnamon, polished furniture, and leather. Expect to taste viscous, dark fruits, including blackberries, blackcurrants, raspberries, cherries and spiced plums. Spicy notes of chilli flakes, cloves, and cinnamon also appear. 

Region: Speyside

Age: 12 Years

Distil Date: 03.02.10

Strength: 51.5%

Cask Type: First Fill Sherry Hogshead

Outturn: One of 319 bottles

Additional Information: Single cask, seasoned American Oak

  • Tomatin (RRP: £440)

This whisky will smell like light-baked pastry, cinnamon, vanilla buns, polished wood, and banana. For taste, expect rum and raisin sponge, baked cherries, and black tea. It will taste sweet, rich, and spicy but still smooth.

Region: Highland

Age: 36 Years

Distil Date: 18.11.1983

Strength: 47.2%

Cask Type: Refill Sherry Butt

Outturn: One of 30 bottles

Additional Information: Single cask

As single-cask malts, Tri Carragh bottles are limited in numbers, and each outturn will eventually sell out, be enjoyed, and never to be replicated. With searches for ‘whisky gifts’ projected to spike in the coming weeks¹, it’s clear that whisky lovers and family and friends of, will be stocking up on the spirit ahead of the festive season.  

The bottles will be available online at Tri Carragh and other stockists. Prices for each unique single malt whisky vary. 

Stravaig Spirits partnered with Scotland’s leading whisky writer and world authority on the subject, Charlie Maclean, who provided his thoughts and tasting notes on each unique single malt. On the launch of Tri Carraghs first release, Charlie commented: “I was impressed by these first bottlings from Tri Carragh, and I look forward to seeing more. Their cask slection is clearly sound!” 

Co-founder of Stravaig Spirits, Ola Lopatowska, commented on the exciting launch: “We’re thrilled to have launced our first independent release of authentic, single malt Scotch whisky. 

“Whisky is such a personal and subjective choice for every individual, but with each Tri Carragh bottle, you can expect quality and character. Each cask is thoughtfully selected, choosing the distillery and spirit which will encourage the most conversation whilst enjoying a dram with friends this Christmas and Hogmanay.” 

Read more on the perfect Scotch whisky for Christmas and Hogmanay here

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