The MacNair's Lum Reek range forms part of the new wider MacNair's Boutique House of Spirits from The Glenallachie Distillers Company. The two whiskies are both blended malts and are joined in the revamped range by three rums from Panama, two at seven years of age and one at 15 years old. MacNair's is a revival of an old Scotch whisky brand that had long disappeared, but that was founded by Harvey MacNair in 1830.
Both whiskies include single malts sourced by Billy Walker, the Master Blender for the range and owner of The Glenallachie Distillers Company. These have come from Islay and Speyside, and are then married with aged whisky from Glenallachie. The whisky is then re-casked and matured for a period of time to allow flavours to settle and new ones to develop. The name refers to the famous Scottish toast ‘lang may yer lum reek’, which is used to wish someone a long life and prosperity.
The MacNair's Lum Reek 12 years old is bottled at 46% ABV and costs £50/ $66 US. It has seen the extra marrying period in American oak ex-bourbon, French oak ex-red wine and ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. The MacNair's Lum Reek 21 years old will cost £125/ $165 US and is bottled at 48% ABV. The extra maturation has been in ex-Oloroso sherry, French oak ex-red wine and virgin American oak barrels. Both are available in selected world markets through specialist whisky retailers.
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