Since 1897 we have been combining soft mountain water with tender local barley, introducing it to tall copper stills and – following years of maturation in oak casks – collecting the mellow, fruity spirit. Approaching alchemy, the process reveals nature’s extraordinary elements in all their glory.
Indeed – Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water – elements central to civilisation’s most ancient philosophies, enjoy incredible synergies. Combined, they produce outcomes far greater than their sum.
This symbiosis – the Five Virtues – is a concept synonymous with the age-old processes and materials employed by our distillery men. Water feeds wood; wood sustains fire; fire gives life to earth; earth yields metal; metal gathers water; and the cycle continues…
To celebrate the Five Virtues, artist, Eva Ullrich, has explored these interactions and their role in whisky production. The result is five striking artworks…and five unique expressions.
Fire – the second phase of the cycle – is exhibited through maturation of this edition in charred oak casks, which having been fired before previous use, were stripped then re-fired stimulating new, fresh vanilla flavours.