The Stirling Distillery have officially put whisky production back on the map in Stirling with the launch of the limited edition VI Casks for King James single malt whisky. This marks an exciting moment as whisky hasn't been produced in Stirling since 1852, when the original Stirling Distillery shut its production.
The launch of this product celebrates the rich history and folklore of this Scottish city. It is widely believed that King James VI stabled his horses on the castle rock in the shadow of Stirling Castle, the land the distillery is built on. The VI Casks for King James single malt whisky were created to commemorate this, while also marking the distillery's move into new-make whisky production. The six-bottle set is comprised of a variety of flavoured casks, including bourbon, sherry, port, rum, wine, and madeira. The collection is catered for whisky enthusiasts interested in unique malts. The whisky is made using the best water, yeast and malt barley to ensure that the whisky of the highest quality, and the casks are carefully selected to ensure the development of rich flavours. And, while Stirling distillery is a lowland distillery, it sits on the border of the highlands. Therefore, the whisky produced at the site can be classified as being both lowland and highland.
The VI casks were launched on March 24th at the Stirling Smith Art Gallery Museum, where co-owner of Stirling Distillery Cameron McCann expressed that "If your preference is for rare bottles rather than investing in casks, then the limited edition VI Casks for King James is the perfect choice. I’m very conscious of cost and want the whisky to be affordable to enthusiasts like myself". It is thanks to Cameron's passion for whisky that we will now see the first legal distillery on Castle Rock since 1852. We can trust that Stirling's new whisky venture is in good hands, and that the VI Casks for King James single malt whisky collection will be produced with a great deal of care, patience and passion.
The casks are set to be released bi-annually from 2027, with only 300 bottles being produced from a single cask. Each set of 6 bottles will cost £350. On purchasing a set, customers will get first refusal on any Stirling Distillery new-make whisky, receive a branded polo shirt, exclusive pin badge and will become a part of Stirling’s rich whisky history. You can pre-order a cask set here.