A Scottish twist for Mexican spirit

WHAT are claimed to be the world’s first tequilas aged in Speyside whisky casks have been launched by an Aberdeen-based craft spirits firm.

Michael Ballantyne and Ross Davidson, who set up UWA Tequila in September 2016, took inspiration from the Scotch whisky industry for the tequilas, which are being distributed by Gordon & MacPhail and Bootstrap Liquor.

The triple-distilled 100% Blue Weber spirit is aged and rested in pre-filled Speyside whisky casks, which are transported from Scotland to Tequila in Mexico. UWA’s core range includes a platinum blanco, a seven-month cask aged reposado, and a 14-month cask aged añejo, which will be released next spring.

Ballantyne said: “Our aim is to provide artisanal tequilas aged in barrels from single malt casks, to casks that are used by some of the finest wineries in the Napa Valley.”