THE historical ties that bind Scotland with India were the inspiration behind a new release from Edinburgh-based Fusion Whisky Limited.
After previously honouring the “Scottish Samurai” Thomas Blake Glover with the release of The Glover, a blend of Scotch and Japanese whiskies in 2015, the Fusion team has launched The Kincardine, a seven year old Scotch and Indian whisky blend in honour of 19th century Scot in India Victor Bruce.
Representing a fusion of whiskies from Glen Elgin and Macallan distilleries in Scotland and single malt whisky from India’s Amrut distillery in Bangalore, The Kincardine was blended by Victor Bruce’s great grandson Alex Bruce, himself the master distiller and managing director of Adelphi Distillery in Fife.
Only 800 bottles of the 52.9% ABV The Kincardine have been released, although Fusion Whisky said there is scope to produce more variants of both The Kincardine and The Glover in the future.
David Moore, a director of Fusion Whisky, said the firm’s concept is to “celebrate the historic ties between Scotland and so many countries around the globe”.
“With Alex’s [Bruce] personal connections to Amrut distillery, as well as the story of his great grandfather, it was clear we had an excellent opportunity to create another unique and ground-breaking whisky,” said Moore.
Serving as Viceroy and Governor General of India between 1894 and 1899, Victor Bruce was the 9th Earl of Elgin and 13th Earl of Kincardine.
Bruce is touted as one of the major figures in modernising India’s railways in the late 19th century, linking the major cities of Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta, Madras and Karachi by rail.