To say we, as well as many other whisky enthusiasts are excited about the opening of Port of Leith Distillery this summer is an understatement. There’s not long to go now and thankfully, the team have launched a blended whisky to tide us over until then. The new release celebrates vatting as a technique and is made from a combination of single malt and single grain whiskies sourced from three Scotch distilleries.
Much like Glenfiddich’s recent Perpetual Collection, Leith’s blend, also called Perpetuity, follows on the concept of an infinity bottle – the kind that is constantly topped up with new liquid to create a unique combination of whiskies.
Batch 1 is made up of casks from Deanston, North British and Glentauchers distilleries, combining to create distinct caramelised apple and toffee on the nose, marmalade-like citrus malt to taste and a lemony finish. The distillery plans to bottle at least half of this vat to make Batch 1 and then replenish with different whiskies before then releasing the next – creating a perpetual vat of intriguing and complex Scotch whisky.
We love it, not just for the modern look, but vatting is an intriguing concept as once a producer is on batch two or three, there are too many malts in there for the conversation to be about the source, the blend, the type of whisky inside. All of the discussion becomes about past, present and future flavour. Where it’s been and where it’s going – pushing the narrative around blends into a far more interesting concepts rather than relying on the same old formula – that a blend is just a formula of components that equals a bottling.
Not only is it a good sign for blended whisky lovers, it is the type of progressive thinking and youthful aesthetic that lives up to the expectation we all have of what that distillery will create from its own stills soon.