James Eadie whiskies are now run by the great Scottish brewer’s great-great grandson, Rupert Patrick, who is carrying on the family’s traditions. This includes bringing back his ancestor’s Eadie’s Trade Mark ‘X’ Blended Scotch whisky that dates back to 1877, when it was registered as one of the world’s first brands. Last bottled in the 1940s the components of the blend were unknown until Patrick made the chance discovery of James Eadie’s 19th-century ledgers.
James Eadie specialises in single cask and small batch bottling including malts from Speyside, Highland and Islay, with a history that goes back to 1854.
A visit to their stand is the chance to taste a piece of history, a forgotten blend that has been pieced together by master blender, Norman Mathison, using what he claims is “diverse flavours of every whisky-producing region of Scotland”. The results are an elegant, peaty dram bottled without chill-filtration in limited editions.
James Eadie whiskies specialise in accessing the best stocks of malt and grain in Scotland, paying particular attention to wood type and maturation age and only picking the best samples from dozens of casks tasted every year. As well as purchasing mature whiskies, James Eadie also buys young spirit on the WhiskyInvestDirect platform to bottle when they reach maturity.
All its single malts are bottled without chill-filtration, at 46% vol, or cask strength, and at natural colour. All its single malts carry an age statement.
Other highlights include Eadie’s Single Casks, Small Batch and Cask Finish range. These consists of only two to four casks, selected “to highlight, contrast and harmonise the huge range of flavours that just a few casks can create”, with the Single Casks coming from “barrels that are truly one-of-a-kind”.
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