British rock singer and songwriter Sir Rod Stewart CBE has ventured into the spirits business with the creation of Wolfie’s Whisky After two years of extensive research and development, the whisky launched in the UK in May and has now been rolled out to the US.
Stewart worked with business partner and beverage industry veteran, Duncan Frew, to create a blended Scotch whisky. They partnered with Loch Lomond Distillery, whose history dates back to 1772.
‘Loch Lomond Distillery is one of the oldest and most prestigious distilleries in Scotland, and we only wanted to work with the best,’ said Stewart. ‘Thankfully, they were also very generous in allowing us to do dozens of tastings – for professional purposes, of course.’
Whisky fans may be familiar with the famed Highland distillery, which has produced an array of respectable, single malt brands over the years. They include Inchfad, Craiglodge and Old Rosdhu. The facility is located in Alexandria, on the banks of Loch Lomond, where Master Blender Michael Henry and his team work their magic.
In addition to copper pot stills, column stills and a Coffey Still, the distillery uses its own ‘Lomond stills’. Invented in 1955 by chemical engineer Alistair Cunningham of the Hiram Walker Group, they incorporate a rectification column composed of three perforated plates, giving the distiller an option to produce different styles of spirit using the same still. This range of stills allows for the creation of myriad styles of whisky.
Since 1994, Loch Lomond has also built and charred its own casks at an on-site cooperage.
Rock n roll whisky
An amalgam of Stewart’s passion for Scotland, his love for America, and his irrefutable music legacy, Wolfie’s is a 40% abv blend of malt and grain whiskies. After blending, the whisky is then aged in American oak bourbon casks. It’s made with water from Loch Katrine, the fictional setting of Sir Walter Scott’s The Lady of the Lake.
Tipping a hat to the singer’s Scottish heritage and reputation as ‘the Cockney Scotsman’, Wolfie’s was inspired by Stewart’s early rock n roll hell-raising days with The Faces.
‘I’ve got Scottish roots on my father’s side and have always been very proud of that. Scotland has been my home away from home for decades,’ said Stewart. ‘I’ve got a huge passion for the country, and you don’t get a more Scottish drink than whisky!’
Over a glass of Wolfie’s on the rocks, Frew added: ‘Wolfie’s was inspired by Rod’s own experience breaking into the rock n roll scene back in the 1970s. Think of it as a young British rockstar who makes it big, heads to Hollywood and is raising hell and having fun while he’s at it. It’s a rascal of a thing, much like Rod himself.’
The decision to go with a blend was an easy one, as Stewart tends to enjoy his whisky in a cocktail rather than on the rocks. ‘At Edinburgh Castle, I think we drank the bar dry of Wolfie’s Appletinis,’ quips Stewart. Frew adds: ‘That’s why we went for a blend to start with for Wolfie’s – it’s the perfect base for a mixed drink.’
A matter of taste
So how does Wolfie’s Whisky taste? Stewart and Frew wanted to create a versatile, balanced blend that would work both neat and in cocktails. ‘Wolfie’s is based on Rod’s favourite flavours: cinnamon, vanilla and apple. On top of them, you also have a delicate taste of sweet peat and syrupy pears before a candied citrus peel finish and a gentle oak spice,’ said Frew.
As for ageability and serving suggestions, Stewart has some tips. ‘My advice is: life is too short—crack it open, crank up the music and enjoy yourself with your mates!’ He continues: ‘I’ve created my own playlist on Spotify of all my…
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