Stirling Distillery, in the heart of Scotland, has released two new single cask whiskies under their Sons of Scotland label, making it the first whisky ever released from the Stirling Castle rock.
Having produced gin right next to the historic castle since mid-2019, Stirling Distillery co- founders Cameron and June McCann are now turning their hand to whisky. Drawing on Cameron’s past career working in the whisky industry and running whisky shops in Stirling, they are now launching two single cask whiskies, named after Stirlingshire distilleries which were in operation in the 18th and early 19th century – Cashly and Arngibbon.
“We’re pleased and proud to be releasing whisky from the Castle Rock. What makes us especially excited about our Sons of Scotland range is the chance to start a new chapter in Stirling’s whisky history while celebrating Stirlingshire’s rich whisky making heritage.” says Cameron.
The Sons of Scotland range features four whiskies drawn from different regions of Scotland; the Highlands, Speyside, the Lowlands, and the Islands. The Cashly is sourced from a Highlands distillery, while the Arngibbon comes from Speyside. Both whiskies have been matured in ex-bourbon hogsheads for 8 years.
The whiskies also herald the Stirling Distillery’s whisky making plans for the future – to produce its own new-make spirit onsite next year and release its first single malt in 2024. This will mark the first time that Scotch whisky is produced at Abbey Craig. Once production begins, the distillery will also make 40 and 60 litre casks available for purchase for the general public, allowing Stirling Distillery friends and fans to become part of Stirlingshire whisky history. June is eager to get started on the distillery’s new whisky project:
“As an independent business, we consider ourselves to be the luckiest people in the world to be able to do what we’re doing in one of the world’s most famous historic locations. The chance to share some delicious whisky with the local community, fans, and friends, as well as to contribute to Stirlingshire’s whisky heritage is a dream come true.”
The Cashly and Arngibbon whiskies are available on the Stirling Distillery website for £50 a bottle.
Tasting notes – Cashly
Nose Eucalyptus & green apple apples with a slight gooseberry tang
Palate Butter toast, stewed apples with a gentle spice pepper
Finish Short and sweet with hints of sherbet
Tasting notes – Arngibbon
Nose Custard creams, peaches, vanilla and a hint of heather moor
Palate Malty notes alongside oak and soft butter tablet
Finish Creamy and warming, with gentle oak and vanilla tones