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Triple-distilled Islay malt from Bruichladdich

Published:  23 July, 2008

Islay distillery Bruichladdich is to launch an 84.5% abv whisky - the first triple-distilled Islay malt for more than 300 years.

Trestarig (pronounced trace-arak') takes its name from a 300-year-old manuscript which refers to a triple-distilled spirit. However, Bruichladdich is unsure whether the name is Gaelic or Arabic in origin.

Master distiller Jim McEwan said: This is without doubt the best new spirit I have ever tasted. This is a rock show of a malt.'

Pricing details have yet to be confirmed, but a spokesman said that the first 800 cases of Trestarig will be sold on an en primeur basis.