The new Kingsman Edition 1989 Vintage was created by master blender Rachel Barrie in partnership with Kingsman film franchise director Matthew Vaughn. The release of the whisky follows the launch of Kingsman Edition 1991 Vintage in 2017, which marked the release of the second film in the series, Kingsman: The Golden Circle.
The new expression is bottled at 50.1% ABV and made from a selection of six casks from 1989. The 29-year-old single malt was matured initially in oloroso Sherry casks followed by a final maturation in Pedro Ximénez casks from Spain.
Barrie said: “Working closely with Matthew, I have selected casks of the most exceptional character for this rare 1989 Vintage, with smouldering aromas of dark fruits and sherry-soaked walnuts, vintage leather and cedar wood. On the palate, dense autumn fruits meld with date, fig and treacle, before rolling into black winter truffle and cocoa.
“In the exceptionally long finish, notes of blackberry, tobacco leaf and date oil linger to conclude the rich tasting experience.”
The 1989 vintage was inspired by the oldest whisky housed in the GlenDronach Distillery, a 29-year-old bottled in 1913, prior to the First World War. According to the distillery, three friends had each purchased a bottle before leaving for war, pledging to open them together on their return. However, only one of them returned home. The bottle remains unopened and was gifted to the distillery.
The King’s Man, a prequel and the third film in the Kingsman series, is set during the First World War. The film will be released in the UK on 18 September.
Vaughn said: “There is an important line which says, ‘Reputation is what others think of you, character is what you are’. Strength of character and dedication to upholding the highest values perfectly encapsulates the true spirit of both the Kingsman agency and The GlenDronach Distillery. I hope Kingsman fans around the world will enjoy this single malt as much as I enjoyed partnering with Rachel Barrie and The GlenDronach to create it.
“This expression is deep in meaning, paying homage to fallen friends who bravely fought during WWI, and the depth of character and integrity shared by both The GlenDronach and the Kingsman agency. This is none other than a whisky truly fit for a king’s man.”