The Glover

The Glover is a series of pioneering fusion whiskies created to honour the achievements of a pioneering man, Thomas Blake Glover, and celebrate the historical relationship between Scotland and Japan.

These whiskies – a 22 year old, a 14 year old and two 18 year olds – are each a fusion of Scotch and whisky from the legendary Hanyu distillery in Japan.

In 2015, Adelph was offered the chance to select a single refill ex-sherry hogshead from one of the few remaining casks from Hanyu Distillery with the view to creating a pioneering fusion of Scotch and Japanese malt whisky.

The Glover 22 year old malt whisky, 53.1% (2015)

The Glover 14 year old fusion whisky was launched simultaneaously as the Glover 22yo, and is a fusion of Scotch & Japanese Malt whiskies. It too was a limited batch release of 1500 bottles. Charlie MacLean described it: “Autumn gold, with oak lights; a fresh aroma of peat smoke, seaside, with almonds, green apples, orange pith and honey flapjacks. Blackcurrants, lingering chimney smoke, maritime; smooth, mellow and sophisticated.”

The Glover 14 year old malt whisky, 44.3% (2015)

The Glover 14 year old fusion whisky was launched simultaneasouly as the Glover 22yo, and is a fusion of Scotch & Japanese Malt whiskies. It too was a limited batch release of 1500 bottles. Charlie MacLean described it: “Autumn gold, with oak lights; a fresh aroma of peat smoke, seaside, with almonds, green apples, orange pith and honey flapjacks. Blackcurrants, lingering chimney smoke, maritime; smooth, mellow and sophisticated.”

The Glover 18 year old malt whisky, 48.6% (2016)

The first Glover 18 year old was launched in August 2016 after the success of the highly acclaimed 22yo and 14yo whiskies. This fusion of Scotch and Japanese malt whiskies was a limited batch release of 1448 bottles. In his tasting notes, Charlie MacLean described it: “Ripe corn – sunshine. Good beading. Light nose prickle. “Richly fruity – ripe pear, juicy red apples, cherries, orange juice – on a base of vanilla sponge, spread with strawberry jam and whipped cream. A drop of water introduces fondant. “A sweet overall taste, with chocolate and coconut (Bounty Bar). Water introduces ripe pineapple and Szechuan pepper (both spicy and mouth-cooling). Parma violets in the development. Multi-facetted and exotic.”

The Glover 18 year old malt whisky, 49.2% (2017)

The 4th Edition of The Glover sees a little more sherry cask influence than in the previous release. In his tasting notes for our fourth Glover edition, Alex Bruce, master blender and managing director of Adelphi, 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’.

“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 Glover 18yo, 4th Edition, was a limited batch of 1406 bottles.