Blooming Gorse is created by combining two highland single malts matured in a total of fifteen 1st fill ex-bourbon barrels and 1st fill ex-bourbon hogsheads. 6900 bottles have been produced and it will retail for £46.
Flaming Feast meanwhile features a combination of fifteen casks sourced from two distilleries, the first of which is situated in the east Highlands, the second in the inner Hebrides. 6000 bottles have been produced and it will retail for £48.
Concentrating on the highlands for the latest releases was a deliberate move, as whisky blender and brand ambassador Steven Shand explains:
“The brief we set for these blended malts was to really illustrate the diversity of Highland malt whisky and show that there really is no one Highland regional style. Casks selected for the Family Collection are always very well balanced with active oak therefore the recipes were purposely kept simple. We selected casks from only a few single malt varieties for each blend to find complementing flavours that establish depth and complexity once combined and left to marry.”
Both blended malts are bottled un-chill-filtered, at natural colour and at 46% abv.