New series opens with The Glenlivet Rum & Bourbon Fusion Cask Selection; a first-of-its-kind innovation, offering an elevated taste experience that pushes boundaries in single malt Scotch whisky.

The Glenlivet, the iconic Speyside single malt whisky, introduces The Glenlivet Fusion Cask Series: Rum & Bourbon Fusion Cask Selection. Offering a one-of-a-kind taste experience, this expression adopts a category-first technique that marries first-fill rum casks with American bourbon barrels to create one single, harmonious fusion cask finish. The release marks the beginning of The Glenlivet’s Fusion Cask series as well as this year’s bicentennial celebrations of 200 years of innovation and excellence from The Glenlivet.

The Glenlivet has pioneered two centuries of pushing boundaries in whisky, from its inception to this day, and remains committed to continuously setting new standards of excellence within the Single Malt category for the next 200 years. The Glenlivet Fusion Cask Series answers an increasing demand for prestige spirit drinkers seeking flavour experimentation and unique taste experiences, whilst boldly embracing an unconventional process, demonstrating its commitment to craftsmanship and innovation. Both a first for Chivas Brothers and in the whisky category at large, this pioneering approach to cask craft imparts a distinct finish and unparalleled taste experience.

For the first in the series, The Glenlivet Rum & Bourbon Fusion Cask Selection has been selectively finished* in recrafted first fill rum and American bourbon casks to create a bespoke fusion cask. These hand-selected barrels have been dismantled and reassembled – with the ends of one barrel put together with the body of staves from another – by expert coopers, offering a flavour profile transformed by the fusion of influences from two distinct cask types. The Glenlivet Rum and Bourbon Fusion Cask Selection delivers aromas of orange, vanilla custard, caramel, coconut and zest of lemon, notes of juicy apricot and peach, fresh apples, toffee-covered bananas and subtle cinnamon spice on the palate, and a sweet and smooth finish with enduring notes of orange.

The Glenlivet Cask Expert, Kevin Balmforth commented:

“This category-first innovation continues our commitment and 200-year legacy of pushing boundaries in whisky. As a team of makers at The Glenlivet, we work closely with our partners at the cooperage to ensure the handmade casks are of the highest quality, and this intricate dismantling and reassembling process to create new bespoke casks ensures a distinctive and expertly-crafted finish”.

The Glenlivet Fusion Cask: Rum & Bourbon Fusion Cask Selection will be initially available in the US for purchase from February 2024, priced from $99.99. Whisky enthusiasts are invited to experience this extraordinary blend, an embodiment of The Glenlivet’s commitment to craftsmanship, innovation, and a rich legacy of 200 years.

*A portion of the whisky spends time in the referenced cask