Founded by husband and wife June and Cameron McCann, the Stirling Distillery currently produces gin at its site in the Scottish city of Stirling, hence the name. They have now bottled their first Whiskies under their Sons of Scotland series, The Cashly and The Arngibbon. The two single cask expressions are named after Stirlingshire distilleries that were operational during the 18th and early 19th century. Both releases are bottled at 46% ABV.
The Arngibbon represents Stirling’s Speyside casks. Arngibbon distillery operated in Kippen, Stirlingshire, for six short years in 1825 by John Morrison. Arngibbon itself was an estate of at least four farms and one country house, which was located southwest of Arnprior. At the time that the distillery was established there, the estate was the seat of the Forrester family. The distillery itself probably sat near a burn that flowed through the estate and fed into the River Forth. On the nose, the Whisky offers hints of custard creams, peaches, vanilla and a hint of heather moor. Malty oak and soft butter appear on the palate with a malty oak vanilla and warming finish.
The Cashly represents Stirling’s Highland casks. Founded 1825 by George Drew, the distillery stood at Cashly – today Cashley Farm, on the A811 road, half a mile southwest of Buchlyvie, Stirlingshire. Processed water came from the Cashley Burn, which then joined the Mye Burn to flow north-east into the Forth. On the nose, the 8 year old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky has hints of eucalyptus and green apples with a sharpness of gooseberry. Butter toast, stewed apples with a gentle spice of white pepper appear on the palate, along witha short sweet hint of sherbet to finish.
The Stirling Cashly and Arngibbon Whiskies are available on the distillery’s website for £50 ($68 US) per 700ml bottle
Stirling Distillery plans to add two more expressions to the label in 2021, using whiskies sourced from Lowland and Island distilleries in Scotland.
“We’re pleased and proud to be releasing whisky from the Castle Rock,” said Cameron McCann, co-founder of Stirling Distillery. “What makes us especially excited about our Sons of Scotland range is the chance to start a new chapter in Stirling’s whisky history while celebrating Stirlingshire’s rich whisky-making heritage.”