Aber Falls has this week released new Welsh whiskies from its distillery in North Wales.
The Gwynedd brand launched the first North Wales whisky for 100 years in May with its Single Malt Inaugural Release.
Now it has released its Single Malt Welsh Whisky as well as the ‘Distillery Exclusive’ whisky – with just 350 bottles of the latter being made available from its Abergwyngregyn-based Visitor Centre.
In addition to the company’s releases, Aber Falls is also set to host a fortnightly Farmers Market at its Visitor Centre, to bring together local, small food and drink producers and provide a platform for them to sell their produce to the public.
James Wright, managing director at Aber Falls Whisky Distillery, said: “We are thrilled to release our latest Welsh Single Malt whisky, following the successful inaugural release earlier in the year, which saw 2,000 bottles sell out in just 40 minutes!
“We’re a distillery that proudly produces 100% Welsh whisky, capturing the Welsh craft and heritage in every bottle.
“As a result, our products are extremely sustainable, enabling us to benefit Wales at every stage of production, including returning any waste ingredients to local farms for use as fertiliser or cattle feed.”
They are crafted using 100% Welsh malted barley and rock-filtered water taken from the Aber Falls Waterfall and are crafted by a team of local people.
They are stored and matured in a traditional dunnage warehouse along the Menai Straits, before being bottled on site at the distillery.
The 2021 expression was distilled in a mix of copper pot and stainless-steel stills and includes a mix of Oloroso sherry casks, PX sherry casks, Bourbon casks and Virgin Oak casks for a totally unique flavour.
The ‘Distillery Exclusive’ release is made from just one single orange wine cask, sourced from the South of Spain.
Dr Kirstie McCallum, Master Blender at Aber Falls, said: “Unlike Scottish distilleries who are more tightly bound by regulations, our Welsh distillery is able to experiment with a variety of wood types and barrels.
“As a result, we have much greater freedom when it comes to trying out new casks to mature our whisky and this single malt orange wine cask is a perfect example of where our craft and innovation have been hugely successful.”
Supermarket giant Tesco has taken on the new whisky.
Tesco’s local buyer for Wales Nathan Edwards said: “I am delighted that we are the first supermarket to be stocking Aber Falls’ whisky, which reflects the strong relationship we have with them as a supplier.
“There has been a lot of interest in the product and I am expecting it to be popular with Tesco customers.”
Aber Falls has also partnered with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers Museum to create a commemorative, limited edition whisky, to be launched later this year.
Meanwhile the Farmers Market at the visitor centre has been funded by the Welsh Government.
Andy Richardson, Chair of the Food and Drink Wales Industry Board, said: “Aber Falls is highly supportive of local businesses and the area as a whole and given the damaging impact that the pandemic has had on the hospitality industry, initiatives like this are vital for helping small business to thrive once again.
“The Farmers Market is an initiative we are proud to support.”
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