Honouring a whisky tradition

Latest in Glengoyne Teapot Dram series released

Two of the original ‘teapot drammers’ (from left), Billy Edmiston and Duncan McNicoll, with Glengoyne warehouseman Blair Mitchell

THE sixth release in the Glengoyne Teapot Dram series has been released by parent firm Ian Macleod Distillers.

Teapot Dram Batch No. 006, which is matured in first-fill Oloroso sherry oak casks and bottled un-chill filtered at cask strength (59.3% ABV), is described as featuring a “rich, amber hue” and notes of cinnamon, marzipan and cloves.

The Teapot Dram series has been created in tribute to an old Glengoyne tradition: it is said that until the 1970s, workers would be given three fingers of whisky, three times a day.

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Whisky from first-fill Oloroso sherry casks was the malt of choice for the distillery workers’ drams; less seasoned stillmen “would, to save face, discreetly pour some of their untouched drams into a copper teapot which sat on the canteen windowsill, ready for their older colleagues”, according to Glengoyne.

Katy Macanna, brand manager for Glengoyne, said: “The Teapot Dram is a firm favourite amongst Glengoyne fans, and we’re delighted to share the latest release in the series.”

Commenting on the importance of the malt brand’s heritage, Macanna added: “Our team is a vital part of that history, and the Teapot Dram series helps to tell the story of one of our old and most treasured distillery traditions.”