Introducing a brand new age stated whisky to the range… Cù Bòcan 12 Year Old. For this release we’ve used Caribbean rum casks for maturing this expression which, combined with our subtly smoky spirit, has resulted in flavours of grilled pineapple, sea salt, ginger and white chocolate. The perfect dram for the Summer, Cù Bòcan 12 Year Old transports us to long Scottish Summer nights, spent with friends by a campfire on the beach.

Our experimental Highland Single Malt is distilled every Winter at Tomatin Distillery in limited batches and made with lightly peated Scottish barley for its signature wisp of smoke, but don’t be mistaken, our whisky may have been distilled in the Winter but this expression was made to be enjoyed in the Summer. We are renowned for exploring innovative maturations, creating whiskies full of intrigue and surprise, with our drive to “unlock the unusual”.

Scott Adamson, our Blender and Global Brand Ambassador, says of the release: “Whisky matured in rum casks can be incredible, but rum casks are notorious for their variable quality and securing a consistent supply is almost impossible. Therefore, this permanent addition to the Cù Bòcan range will be released in batches. With each batch we will explore casks from across the Caribbean, each with their own unique origin, history, and influence. Batch #1, distilled on the 10th of December 2010, has been finished in a mix of rum casks from Guyana and Barbados. These islands are known for the use of molasses and pot still distillation. Producers in Barbados, regarded by many as the birthplace of rum, blend pot still and column still rums making the island worthy of its reputation for well-aged, balanced expressions. The casks sourced from Barbados provide a range of fresh tropical fruits and invigorating maritime notes. Known for the famed Demerara River, Guyana is home to some of the fullest bodied rums in the Caribbean. These casks have added more depth and warming spice.”

Earlier this year we released our fifth instalment in our “Creation Series”, Creation #5 matured in Andean Oak casks, thought to be the first single malt of its kind. Our Cù Bòcan Creation series pushes the boundaries of Scotch whisky with experimentation, whilst still paying homage to its protective heritage. A leading innovator in cask selection, we’re not afraid to experiment with new cask types, being the first to use Japanese Shochu casks for maturation for a previous Creation release in 2019; Creation #2.

The current Cù Bòcan range now comprises of Cù Bòcan Signature, matured in Bourbon, Oloroso Sherry and North American Virgin Oak casks, the Creation series, Cù Bòcan 12 Year Old and Cù Bòcan 15 Year Old, matured fully in Oloroso Sherry casks, which was released late last year. Cù Bòcan Signature, and 15 Year Old were recently awarded “DOUBLE GOLD” at the San Francisco World Spirit Competition 2023, Creation #5 was awarded “GOLD”.

We’re celebrating the release of the 12 Year Old by once again partnering with world renowned chef Tony Singh MBE. Tony is visiting the capital of the Highlands this weekend to create and serve some delicious street food, Cù Bòcan will be pairing Tony’s dishes with drams and whisky cocktails and all proceeds from the weekend will be going directly to Maggies Highlands.

Each Cù Bòcan Single Malt aims to open up the world of lightly peated whisky, offering an exploration in the subtleties of smoke, the character of the casks and the mastery of maturation. The range is always non-chill filtered and natural in colour. Cù Bòcan 12 Year Old has been bottled at 46% Abv. and is a limited batch release.

Cù Bòcan 12 Year Old is available in specialist shops worldwide with an RRP of £65 per 700ml bottle.

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