The Glenlivit Releases Rum/Bourbon Cask Expression


February 14, 2024

The Glenlivet Rum and Bourbon Fusion Cask Selection

The Glenlivet, the iconic Speyside single malt Scotch whisky, announced the addition of The Glenlivet Rum and Bourbon Fusion Cask Selection to its portfolio of single malt Scotch whiskies.

The new expression offers a one-of-a-kind taste experience by finishing The Glenlivet’s single malt Scotch whisky in bespoke casks that are crafted by fusing dismantled rum and bourbon barrels. The launch of The Glenlivet Fusion Cask Rum comes as the single malt scotch whisky brand continues to challenge conventions within the single malt category.

The Glenlivet Rum and Bourbon Fusion Cask Selection was finished in casks crafted from a combination of first-fill rum and bourbon barrels to deliver a distinctive single malt taste experience. These hand-selected barrels have been dismantled and reassembled by expert coopers into one bespoke cask, creating a fusion of fruit and caramel-toffee notes.

“This category-first innovation continues our commitment and 200-year legacy of pushing boundaries in whisky,” Kevin Balmforth, The Glenlivet cask expert, said in a news release. “As a team of makers at The Glenlivet, we work closely with our partners at the cooperage to ensure the handmade casks are of the highest quality, and this intricate dismantling and reassembling process to create new bespoke casks ensures a distinctive and expertly-crafted finish.”

Balmforth and the team of makers at The Glenlivet were drawn to the idea of a fusion cask finish – taking two separate flavors from outside The Glenlivet’s home in Scotland and bringing them together to create a taste experience that is one-of-a-kind for Scotch.

“The Glenlivet Rum and Bourbon Fusion Cask is a welcome addition to our portfolio as we continue our journey to push the single malt category forward,”  Johan Radojewski, Vice President Marketing – Scotch, Irish & Prestige Whisk(e)y, Pernod Ricard USA, said. “Prestige spirits drinkers in the U.S. are seeking unique and elevated taste experiences, and The Glenlivet Fusion Cask proudly delivers on that demand as we pioneer new depths of flavor through our commitment to craftmanship and innovation.”

The Glenlivet Rum and Bourbon Fusion Cask Selection launches in February in the U.S., as the single malt Scotch whisky commences its bicentennial celebrations, marking 200 years.

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