Lindores Abbey Aqua Vitae (40%)

Lindores Abbey Aqua Vitae (40%)

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Lindores Abbey Aqua Vitae (40%)

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This Aqua Vitae is a malt-based spirit with added local botanicals.

The nose is delightfully tropical with aromas of banana bread and cinnamon. Herbal notes of ginger and fennel provide a robust backbone and the recipe’s Douglas Fir offers a pleasing medicinal quality.

On the palate, flavours reminiscent of Scots Pine and soft caramel mingle with a cooked pineapple finish. The alcohol is beautifully integrated with an eminent yet soft warmth. This is delicious neat over ice but is a real showstopper with ginger ale and an orange twist.

Alexandra Gray de Walden DipWSET, Berry Bros. & Rudd (August 2023)

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Lindores Abbey Distillery

Lindores Abbey Distillery

Just east of Newburgh, overlooking the Tay River in Scotland’s Lowlands sits Lindores Abbey Distillery – arguably, the spiritual home of Scotch whisky. The distillery occupies the site of the eponymous Lindores Abbey, founded in 1191. The earliest written reference of aqua vitae (as Scotch whisky was then known) appears in abbey documents from 1494 when Brother Jon Cor was tasked with producing it for King James IV.

The self-described “Custodians of Lindores” are Drew McKenzie Smith and his wife Helen. Lindores has been in the family since Drew’s grandfather bought Lindores farm in 1913 but it is Helen and Drew who have restored whisky production at Lindores in their newly built distillery. Working with legendary whisky consultant Dr Jim Swan throughout the design process, the buildings incorporate the abbey’s history and archaeology with swathes of modern glass and light. The first single malt whisky was then released in 2021.

As well as producing a selection of single malts, Lindores Abbey stays true to its roots and still makes an Aqua Vitae botanical spirit made with local herbs and spices including Douglas fir.

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