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Pioneering partnership honoured as Fusion Whisky unveils plan for future international releases

(19 May 2017)

Fusion Whisky Director David Moore with the award.

The team behind the first blend of Scotch and Japanese whisky have spoken of their plans for future collaborations after winning a national excellence award that honoured their partnership with a renowned independent distillery.

Fusion Whisky last night received the Success through Partnership prize at the Scottish Food and Drink Excellence Awards in recognition of its pioneering relationship with the Fife-based Adelphi Distillery, which has seen the release of two new whisky brands and the creation of a whole new category of blended whisky, international whisky fusions.

At a glitzy ceremony at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre hosted by celebrity chef Simon Rim and in front of an audience of 800 people, Fusion Whisky director David Moore was handed the Scottish Food and Drink Excellence Award for Success through Partnership.

Mr Moore said the prize was “a real privilege and very humbling given the outstanding quality of the entrants”.

He added: “Our fusion whiskies, The Glover and The Kincardine, are the result of our groundbreaking collaboration with Adelphi Distillery, one of the country’s best independent bottlers and distillers, and are themselves the product of international partnerships. To have our business celebrated nationally in this way is a real honour, and a great boost as we move forward and prepare to produce more international whisky fusions.”

Speaking ahead of World Whisky Day, Mr Moore added: “Our fusion whiskies are about celebrating international partnerships so for us to have won on the eve of World Whisky Day, an annual event that celebrates the world’s greatest drink and the spirit of international friendship, is frankly tremendous.”

Mr Moore confirmed that alongside their current Glover and Kincardine fusion whiskies, the company was nearing the launch of another fusion and had “several others” at various stages of production.

He said: “Alex Bruce, Adelphi’s managing director and master blender, has worked wonders with The Glover, a fusion of Scotch and Japanese whisky, and The Kincardine, a fusion of Scotch and Indian whisky from Amrut Distllery. It bodes well for what is coming next. We’re very excited about our future releases.”

The prize came just a few weeks after the company’s newly released fourth edition of its Glover whisky was used at an exclusive tasting event at Scotland House, attended by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, to mark the official opening of the building.

Tonight, the latest edition of The Glover will be included in the UK’s first event of World Whisky Day at a late-night tasting session at Harry’s Bar in Edinburgh’s west end, at 1am on Saturday morning, hosted by World Whisky Day founder Blair Bowman.


The Glover 18yo, 4th Edition, 49.2% vol. Run of 1406 bottles. RRP £145

(3 April 2017)

Fusion Whisky and Adelphi Distillery are proud to announce the latest release of The Glover whisky, our iconic fusion whisky that celebrates the achievements of “Scottish Samurai” Thomas Blake Glover, and made from a captivating blend of Scotch and rare Hanyu whisky from Japan.

The Glover 18yo 4th Edition

The 4th Edition of The Glover sees a little more sherry cask influence than in the previous release, explains Adelphi’s managing director and master blender Alex Bruce. In his tasting notes for the new Glover, Alex says: “The colour of copper gold with a moderate bead, this is initially slightly dusty (like an old oak cabinet), with fruity notes emerging: orange zest, lime marmalade, strawberry Chewits, physalis, soft Manuka honey, tangerines and fresh grapes all accompanied by violin bow ‘rosin’.

Alex adds: “Both mouth filling and teeth coating (waxy), it’s initially tangy with decadent marzipan and milk chocolate leading to a very well balanced finish warmed by a hint of fresh pepper and the slightest hint of distant smoke.”

The 4th released of The Glover is an 18 year old, with a 49.2%abv. Only 1406 bottles have been produced, with an RRP of £145.

The whisky brand takes its name from Thomas Blake Glover, nicknamed the Scottish Samurai because of the profound impact he had on the modernisation of Japan in the 19th century. Mr Glover was the first foreigner to receive the Order of the Rising Sun from the Japanese Emperor in recognition of his many achievements.

The third version was launched in the second half of last year, selling out immediately. The two previous editions of The Glover were launched simultaneously on October 26th, 2015, in Tokyo and Aberdeen.


(8 November 2016)

The team that created a pioneering blend of Scotch and Japanese whisky is launching a whisky to celebrate the historic ties between India and Scotland and honour the Scot who helped modernize India’s railways and link the cities of Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta, Madras and Karachi by rail.

The Kincardine 7yo whisky by Adelphi Distillery and Fusion Whisky

Edinburgh-based Fusion Whisky Limited launched The Glover series of premium whiskies last year in honour of “Scottish Samurai” Thomas Blake Glover. Made by blending Scotch with extremely rare whisky from Japan, The Glover pioneered the concept of fusing malt whiskies from international distilleries.

Now the company is launching The Kincardine brand to celebrate the historic ties between India and Scotland and honour the life of Victor Bruce, the 9th Earl of Elgin and 13th Earl of Kincardine, who served as Viceroy and Governor General of India between 1894-99.

Victor Bruce was a Scottish liberal politician who distinguished himself both in Britain and in India. Among his achievements as Viceroy of India, he pushed through massive improvements to India’s rail system, helped secure its economy by stabilizing the rupee, pacified its volatile border with Afghanistan, and sought to alleviate the worst effects of drought and famine through a pioneering work-relief programme. A keen walker, Victor Bruce was nicknamed the “Walking Viceroy”.

This latest whisky is a fusion from Glen Elgin and Macallan distilleries in Scotland and single malt whisky from India’s celebrated Amrut distillery in Bangalore.

The Kincardine whisky was blended by Victor’s great-grandson Alex Bruce, master blender and managing director of Adelphi Distillery, based in Fife.

He said: “With The Kincardine, we’ve blended two single casks of malt whisky from Amrut Distillery in Bangalore with Scotch whisky from Glen Elgin and Macallan distilleries. The fruitiness of the mature Speyside malts works beautifully with the Indian whisky, creating a very complex, international flavour. It has its own unique profile, showing both the individual elements that different maturation climates can offer and, at the same time, capturing a new overall style. I was really excited by both the challenge and the outcome.

He added: “It was a genuine privilege to create this whisky in honour of my great-grandfather, and great to develop a product that it is an example of the strong, positive and long-lasting relations between Scotland and India.”

Only 800 bottles of the whisky will be released, although Fusion Whisky said there was scope to produce more variants of both The Kincardine and The Glover in the future.

David Moore, a Director of Fusion Whisky, said: “The concept of using fusion whisky to celebrate the historic ties between Scotland and so many countries around the globe is something we pioneered with The Glover. This innovation was so successful – selling out almost immediately and exporting to 15 countries – it was always our ambition to create another fusion whisky.

“With Alex’s personal connections to Amrut distillery, as well as the story of his great-grandfather, it was clear we had an excellent opportunity to create another unique and ground-breaking whisky.”

Mr Moore said the company’s new approach to blending whisky tapped into a growing international demand for new and innovative whiskies, adding that the company had recently secured the welcome support of Scottish Development International to help them expand the business.


(6 October 2016)

The makers of a rare blend of Scotch and Japanese whisky have revealed that their fusion whisky has proved so popular they are now developing further innovative blends in partnership with other international distilleries.

The Glover 18yo, The Glover 22yo and The Glover 14yo whiskies by Adelphi and Fusion Whisky.

Fusion Whisky Ltd said that all three versions of its groundbreaking Glover series have sold out, and it is close to launching a fusion blend using single malt whisky from Scottish distilleries and a whisky from Amrut Distillery in India. It said it hopes to launch the innovative whisky in the next few weeks, with the spirit reaching international retailers before Christmas.

The Glover whisky was launched in October last year, selling out in a matter of days, despite the £1050 price tag for the 22-year-old version. The whisky, which was made up of Longmorn and Glen Garioch Scotch as well as ultra-rare whisky from Hanyu distillery in Japan, was created to honour “Scottish Samurai” Thomas Blake Glover, an Aberdonian merchant who was instrumental in the industrialization of Japan in the late 19th century.

The 14-year-old version, which was unveiled at the same time, has also sold out, while all stock of the 18-year-old version, launched only in August, has been allocated and is now being shipped to international retailers and distributors. Cases of the exclusive whisky have already been exported to more than 15 countries, including most of Europe, Taiwan, Japan and Australia.

The whiskies were created at the request of the Fusion Whisky Ltd directors by Adelphi Distillery’s Managing Director Alex Bruce and internationally renowned whisky consultant Charles MacLean, who partner on the Adelphi selection whiskies, and now on the Fusion Whisky editions.

Drinks industry and export specialist David Moore, one of the founding directors of Fusion Whisky Ltd, revealed just how sought-after the whisky had become: “Normally, the directors are each allocated a couple of cases of the whisky, but within a week of The Glover 18 launch, demand was so high that Alex Bruce was on the phone asking if we would forgo some of our own share to help him meet the high demand this whisky has generated. That’s not a bad problem to have, and I’m afraid to say we did!”

The directors of Fusion Whisky – Mr Moore, Jim Millar and Graham Langley – said they knew the original concept for The Glover whisky had strong potential, but admit even they were overwhelmed by the international interest, and that this has spurred them on to reinvest and expand the business.

Mr Moore said Fusion Whisky Ltd had changed its company name from TBG & Co to reflect the longer term vision for the company. “While Thomas Blake Glover was the inspiration for our company founding, and the whisky has been a real success, there are other great Scots whose international legacy we want to honour, and other global distilleries we’re looking forward to working with. It makes sense to extend the series”.

He added: “We were overwhelmed by the level of interest for the Glover whisky, both for its concept as well as its look, aroma and taste. No one else is creating this type of whisky, and we want to make more.”

As well as Amrut in India, Fusion Whisky said it would produce future variants with whiskies from other countries, with the team researching Scottish historical figures and options for casks from international single malt distilleries. Fusion Whisky has not ruled out another variant of The Glover series.

Mr Moore admitted that creating these international fusions had its challenges but said the rewards were “clearly there for people to see and taste”.

Mr Millar, a senior parliamentary adviser at Holyrood, said the new series of fusion whiskies would continue the ethos of the original Glover whiskies. “Scotland and Japan have a strong and unique relationship and I was delighted we could honour that by creating the Glover whisky. With our new fusion whiskies we’ll continue to celebrate Scotland’s international friendships as well as its global influence, culturally, economically and socially.

“Fusion Whisky is a hugely positive business and I’m very proud of the fact we’re expanding following the success of the Glover.”

Fellow director Mr Langley confirmed that as an export business Fusion Whisky was able to draw on support from the likes of Scottish Development International, Scotland Food and Drink and Scottish Enterprise, and that a member of staff has been appointed to help manage the business.

He added: “We want to build on the phenomenal success we’ve enjoyed in the past year. By bringing in a dedicated project manager we can focus on building the Fusion Whisky brand and continue to pioneer our innovative concept of blending history and storytelling with beautiful whisky from Scotland and our partners worldwide. That’s something worth raising a glass to!”


(17 August 2016)

A rare blend of Scotch and Japanese whiskies has proven so popular that its makers have today released a third version for whisky lovers around the world.

The Glover 18yo by Adelphi Distillery and Fusion Whisky

The “Glover 18” is the third in a series of whiskies honouring “Scottish Samurai” Thomas Blake Glover and celebrating the long history of trade and friendship between Scotland and Japan.

Its owners, Edinburgh-based TBG & Co Ltd, said the new edition has already attracted a “very promising” number of international orders prior to today’s international launch.

The whisky brand takes its name from Thomas Blake Glover, nicknamed the Scottish Samurai because of the profound impact he had on the modernisation of Japan in the 19th century. Mr Glover was the first foreigner to receive the Order of the Rising Sun from the Japanese Emperor in recognition of his many achievements.

Jim Millar, a senior parliamentary adviser at Holyrood and director of TBG & Co Ltd, drove the idea. He said: “The Glover whiskies are a celebration of Scotland’s influence and its international friendships. They honour the achievements of Thomas Blake Glover and celebrate our important relationship with Japan, which continues to flourish, especially in the fields of trade, culture and education.”

TBG & Co confirmed it is now looking towards producing future variants with whiskies from other countries, with the team researching historical characters and options for casks from international single malt distilleries.

Director David Moore, an Asia veteran in the drinks sector and now Scotland-based, said: “We knew the idea behind The Glover was a strong one, but we’re still overwhelmed by the international interest the fusion whisky garnered, both for its concept as well as its look, aroma and taste. The first two editions sold out almost immediately and were heavily over-subscribed, finding their way to 15 international markets.”

“It’s clear there’s a strong market for these types of premium fusions between Scotch whisky and international whisky, which have their own unique character.

Mr Moore highlighted the ongoing relationship with the Fife-based premium bottler Adelphi, whose managing director Alex Bruce blended mature whisky from Longmorn and Glen Garioch distilleries in Scotland with exceptionally rare whisky from the legendary Hanyu distillery in Japan to create the Glover fusions.

Mr Moore said: “There are only a handful of Hanyu casks left in the world. For the Glover, Alex has worked his magic with this highly sought-after whisky to hone and perfect a beautifully balanced and sublimely satisfying dram.”

He also said TBG & Co Ltd was looking at funding options from Scottish Development International and Scotland Food and Drink, and that the company was also looking to appoint a project manager to oversee current operations, with the likelihood of additional employees further down the line as the business grew.

Mr Moore added: “Creating international fusions is not without its challenges, but the rewards are clearly there for people to see and taste. These whiskies are a celebration of Scotland’s internationalism, of its positive influence on other countries, of partnerships that reach across physical borders”.

“We think it’s worth trying that little bit harder to create these fusion whiskies, a drink that was made for sharing with friends.”

He said “orders have been very promising” and that cases of The Glover 18 are likely to be exported to more than 15 countries, including a significant amount to Japan. Domestically, previous editions of The Glover sold in luxury retailers Harvey Nichols and Harrods, as well as specialist whisky shops.

World-renowned whisky consultant Charles MacLean, who worked with Alex Bruce on creating the Glover fusions, also provided the tasting notes for the latest Glover brand. He described the whisky as: “Richly fruity – ripe pear, juicy red apples, cherries, orange juice – on a base of vanilla sponge, spread with strawberry jam and whipped cream.”

The two previous editions of The Glover were launched simultaneously on October 26th, 2015, in Tokyo and Aberdeen, where Thomas Glover is celebrated with an exhibition at the Maritime Museum, at an event that was also attended by Hajime Kitaoka, Consul General of Japan and Lord Bruce, Honorary Patron of the Japan Society of Scotland, and Councillor Jenny Laing, Leader of Aberdeen City Council. Glover was a native of Aberdeenshire and hails from Fraserburgh.

The 22-year-old version, of which only 373 were ever made, retailed at £1050 version. Now sold out, bottles of the 22-year-old have appeared on online auction sites for more than £2000 a bottle. About 1500 of the 14 year old version were made, selling at about £100 a bottle, for which again there is a healthy premium secondary market.

The Glover 18 (48.6%), of which 1448 were made, is available from whisky specialists, in strictly limited quantities, priced around £145.


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