Harvey Nichols launches its first own-label English whisky

Harvey Nichols has added a limited-edition whisky created by The English Whisky Company to its own-label range.

The Peated Burgundy Cask Single Barrel English Whisky, which will be priced at £110, has been created exclusively for Harvey Nichols and it is the retailer’s first own label English whisky.

The whisky has been peated to 38ppm, which is “not dissimilar to Caol Ila or Ledaig”, according to the producer. The style, which is more often associated with Islay or the Highlands of Scotland than East Anglia where it was created, but it was made under the watchful eye of Iain Henderson, a master distiller who previously worked at both Ardbeg and Laphroaig.

The cask choice is also unusual. Instead of opting for Bourbon barrels from America or the traditional Sherry butts of Spain, this whisky has been fully matured in a 250-litre, first-fill, Pinot Noir cask from Burgundy.

The whisky is described as having flavours which resemble those from traditional foods in Mexico’s Oaxaca where the local mole is made using toasted nuts, sesame seeds, dried fruit, Christmassy spices, dark chocolate and earthy smoked chillies. Added to this are flavours of “cherry chocolate liqueurs, freshly brewed coffee and something that evokes sipping malty Horlicks around a bonfire on a winter night”.

Nick Bell, spirit buyer at Harvey Nichols, said: “We are incredibly excited to launch our first ever own label English whisky. Possibly the oldest English whisky on the market, we have been eagerly waiting to launch it into stores since I helped bottle it last month. Yielding just 280 bottles, this single barrel whisky was distilled in 2007 and cannot be reproduced, making it a real rarity.”

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