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14th May 2014

INNIS & GUNN MALT WHISKY TRAIL LIMITED EDITION – Cask-Matured Ale Marrying Malts from All Five Whisky Regions –



Edinburgh, Scotland: In their latest Limited Edition, Malt Whisky Trail (7.4%ABV, 330ml), the oak-ageing brew masters at Innis & Gunn have turned master blenders and created a world-first barrel-aged brew using casks from each of Scotland’s five malt-whisky-producing regions.  So, if you’ve run out of options on the whisky front, gift dad a malt of a different kind this Father’s Day (15 June).


At the base of Malt Whisky Trail is a 90/- ale – or ‘wee heavy’ – a traditional style of medium-bodied Scottish amber ale that Innis & Gunn found robust enough to handle the more assertive malts, without overwhelming the subtler flavour notes.  Innis & Gunn matured the beer in casks sourced from five distilleries in the Lowlands, Highlands, Speyside, Islay and Campbeltown for 30 days before blending it to produce a rich, balanced Scottish ale with layers of complex and delicate flavour.


The catalyst for this unique project, as founder and CEO Dougal Sharp explained, was the desire to marry expertise with experimentation: “At Innis & Gunn we have a hard-earned reputation for innovation and ingenuity, but it turns out that the best idea had been right in front of us for years.  We already use oak casks from our good friends in the Scotch whisky industry, so why wouldn’t we take it one step further?  We wondered what would happen if we used barrels from all five whisky-producing territories to a mature a single beer.  It took many phone calls, tasting trips and favours being called in, but we’re a pretty determined bunch.”


In finding the perfect flavour pitch for Malt Whisky Trail, Dougal Sharp, added that the biggest challenge was to create harmony between all the different component parts.  “It was really important that we let the individual malts shine, but not dominate,” he said.  “The whole process started with finding the right base beer, one that would be strong enough to stand up to the more powerful flavour characteristics yet gentle enough to not swallow up the more intricate ones.  Then we had to let it mature for just the right amount of time in each barrel to give the whiskies enough time to make their mark but still allowing the rich malty sweetness of the brew to come through.  It was a real balancing act but we’ve absolutely found the right balance of flavour with this one.”


Malt:               I&G Ale Malt, Crystal Malt

Hops:              Super Styrian, Goldings

Maturation:    Malt whisky casks from each whisky region; 30 days


Colour:           Deep amber

Smell:             Rich biscuit malt with almonds and spice and oranges, and just a hint of peat smoke

Taste:             Signature vanilla and toffee with a creamy nuttiness and a little whisky kick

Finish:            Very long and smooth


Malt Whisky Trail will be available to buy from Innis & Gunn’s online shop for £35 (for 12 single-boxed bottles):


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Media Enquiries: Steph Middleton, / 07515 738605

Steph Middleton


The Innis & Gunn Brewing Company Ltd

6 Randolph Crescent Edinburgh EH3 7TH



0131 220 7230


07515 738605


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