The Pursuits series, named after and inspired by four popular countryside activities offered at the estate, including Fishing, Falconry, and Shooting, offers a sensory adventure like no other. The 2023 edition of the Pursuits range features an additional expression, Horse Riding. All four expressions were bottled in December 2022, one of which; the Imperial Distillery is no longer in operation, thus making the range all the more rare and collectable. In true limited-edition style, the Pursuits series bottles are all individually hand-engraved and numbered, adding to the unique and exclusive nature of the range. The Pursuits range will be displayed and available to purchase The Still Room – home to a collection of over 200 bottles of rare and independent single malt Scotch whiskies – for £1200 per set.
2023 edition of Pursuits Whisky bottling
Proud purveyors of nearly 100 years of outdoor pursuits, the Gleneagles team have sourced exceptional casks of unique whiskies from some of the most interesting Scottish distilleries in order to create a series that will suitably honour the hotel’s rich history of alfresco endeavours.
Fishing, from the Royal Brackla Distillery in the Highlands, was matured in a single hogshead cask for 11 years before being bottled. The spirit gives a wonderfully creamy texture, with hazelnuts and almonds balanced against a delicate creme caramel, with a touch of lemon oil. The finish offers a hint of white pepper along with chilli spice,which plays against the citrus oil and cereal notes.
Falconry, from the Caol Ila Distillery on the island of Islay, was matured in a single hogshead for 14 years. This is a dense whisky, rich with flavours of black pepper studded salami and rich smoked Gruyere, while lime citrus plays against dark chocolate. The finish lingers with notes of black pepper, charcuterie and lime zest.
Shooting – the most limited of the range with only 191 numbered bottles available – this whisky is made in the Imperial Distillery in Speyside. Matured in a single barrel for 26 years, the palate gives notes of red berries with freshly cut mint leaves, which marry oily citrus and vanilla, building and developing an unctuous texture. The finish offers delicate vanilla and light ginger lingering with hints of eucalyptus and white chocolate.
Horse Riding, from the Tobermory Distillery on the island of Mull, was matured in a single hogshead for 27 years. Wonderfully full, with flavours of salted butter and clear runny honey spread liberally over toasted rye bread with a hint of almonds, the finish gives touches of mint and tarragon, giving an indication of age, set against the sweetness of lemon drizzle cake.