Located on the outskirts of Newburgh in Fife, the Lindores Abbey distillery takes its name from a Tironensian abbey which was built by David, Earl of Huntingdon on land granted to him by his brother, William the Lion, in 1191. The abbey is of historical significance as it was the location of the first written reference to the production of Scotch whisky in 1494. Lindores monk, Brother John Cor, was commissioned by King James IV to turn 8 bolls of malt into Aqua Vitae, and his production is recorded in the Exchequer Roll of the same year. Today only ruins of the original abbey remain, but in 2017 the new state-of-the-art distillery began production at the same location. Designed by the late Dr Jim Swan, the facility is armed with three Forsyths copper pot stills and traditional wooden washbacks supplied by Joseph Brown of Dufftown. The barley is sourced locally and the first releases from the distillery were a range of traditional Aqua Vitae, flavoured with herbs and spices. Lindores Abbey released its first single malt in the summer of 2021.
This single malt is the commemorative limited edition first release from the distillery. Released alongside the core 1494 with a special commemorative label & from the same vatting, it has been aged in a combination of ex-Bourbon, Wine and Sherry casks. The whisky has won many awards since its release, most recently scoring 98/100 and a double gold medal winner at the San Francisco World Spirit Awards.
A stunning whisky for its age.
This bottle is from the collection of a private seller.