Viceregal connection for new whisky

An Scottish firm which introduced the world’s first official fusion of Scottish and Japanese whiskies, has looked towards India for another pioneering product.

Fusion Whisky Litd, co-founded by former Arbroath man Jim Millar, has launched his second whisky with a north east connection

The company last year introduced The Glover series of premium whiskies in honour of ‘Scottish Samurai’ Thomas Blake Glover. Made by blending Scotch with extremely rare whisky from Japan, The Glover pioneered the concept of fusing malt whiskies from international distilleries. Its lates product, ‘The Kincardine’, is a unique blend of Scoth and Indian whisky.

Mr Millar, now a visiting lecturer at Robert Gordon University, said: “The firm’s latest dram has been created to celebrate the historic ties between India and Scotland, and honour the Scot who helped modernize India’s railways and link the cities of Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta, Madras and Karachi by rail.”

The whisky is named after Victor Bruce, the 9th Earl of Elgin and 13th Earl of Kincardine, who served as Viceroy and Governor General of India from 1894-99, and is a fusion from Glen Elgin and Macallan distilleries in Scotland and single malt whisky from the celebrated Amrut distillery in Bangalore.

It was blended by Victor’s great-grandson Alex Bruce, master blender and managing director of the Fife-based Adelphi Distillery. Only 800 bottles will be released, with future scope to produce more variants of both products.