Glenturret Distillery have announced that they will release a rare 29-year-old single cask malt next week named after long-time cooper, Michael Jamieson, who served the Scotch whisky industry for 44 years.
The Glenturret Jamieson's Jigger Edition, which will be available for purchase from Wednesday 8th March, is a cask strength single malt whisky with hints of sweet vanilla and lavender infused honey. Priced from Â£295-Â£395, there are only 170 bottles of this special edition available.
Dedicated to the man whose whisky career as a skilled cooper has spanned over four decades, the 29-year-old whisky was filled on 20th November 1987 in a repaired cask that would have once passed through the iconic Clyde Cooperage in Addiewell, when cooper Michael Jamieson was at the height of his career.
Michael began his career at Clyde Cooperage aged 15 in 1971, following in the footsteps of his father who was also a cooper. "Coopers are a rough and tough bunch," says Michael, and he's not wrong. The role of a cooper is to repair thousands of casks each year, making sure they're ready to be filled up with the water of life. Michael was also responsible for hand-crafting the washbacks at distilleries across Scotland, including the douglas fir washbacks at Glenturret Distillery, made completely by hand with no glue, nails or screws.
Now retired and living in the spiritual home of whisky, Speyside, Michael has hung up his tools after 44 years in the Scotch whisky industry. He spent the last seven years of his career as a foreman cooper, responsible for the movement of 40,000 sherry casks from Spain and 90,000 refill casks. After passing on his skills to a new generation of coopers this special single cask dedication is a fitting tribute to a man who has kept the traditional crafts alive throughout his career and has preserved them for the future. Glenturret Distillery, which is Scotland's only remaining hand crafted malt whisky made in the traditional way, wanted to honour Michael's commitment to the industry with a retirement gift that was a fitting tribute to all his hard work.
Speaking of the dedication, Michael commented:
"I'm absolutely delighted and honoured to have been given this special dedication from Glenturret Distillery. I have fond memories of visiting Glenturret throughout my career and I have no doubt that the cask that this special whisky matured in would have once passed through the cooperage all those years ago. It's a great industry to work in and I'll definitely miss the banter but I'm looking forward to enjoying my retirement up in Speyside with a wee dram or two."
Michael Jamieson's dedication is the latest in a series of popular limited edition releases from Scotland's oldest distillery and all of which pay homage to the craftsmen who have formed the whisky industry over the years. Others who have been given the honour of a rare whisky dedication include James Fairlie, the man who re-established Glenturret Distillery in the 1950s and two stillmen, Chic Brock and Hugh Malloy, who both worked at the distillery in the 1980s, both of which are now sold out. The most recent dedication, Cameron's Cut, went to current distillery manager Neil Cameron, who celebrated 20 years at the Crieff-based distillery last year.
Stuart Cassells, General Manager at The Famous Grouse Experience based at Glenturret Distillery commented:
"The Glenturret Jamieson's Jigger Edition is another very special, limited edition single cask of the very finest Glenturret malt. We're delighted to dedicate it to a man who spent his working career maintaining the casks and hand-crafting our very special wooden washbacks which give our whisky its unique flavour. With 44-years in the whisky industry as a cooper and foreman, we were delighted to present Michael with bottle number 002 of this delicious 29-year old whisky and we wish him a most enjoyable retirement."
OFFICIAL TASTING NOTES:
Appearance: Light straw
Aroma: Cedarwood, camphor, eucalyptus and lavender infused honey
Taste: Sweet vanilla, creme brulee with hint of nutmeg
Finish: Medium sweet lingering woody and caramel
To find out more about Glenturret and how to purchase The Jamieson's Jigger Edition, visit: www.theglenturret.com