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Beam Suntory has unveiled a new blended whisky, Ardray (ABV 48%), which is available now with an RSP of £60.

Nearly 200 different combinations of malt and grain whiskies were tested before arriving at the final blend of flavours that make up Ardray.

Built on the premise that blended whisky is an art form that deserves both respect and reappraisal, each batch is engineered to achieve the same harmony between malt and grain whiskies each time. By retaining a proportion of each batch, the team blend this with the next batch and harmonise the flavour of the whisky across the batches.

Ardray is non-chill filtered and presented in a richly textured bespoke bottle marked with the year of release.

Calum Fraser, Beam Suntory’s Chief Blender for Scotch, commented: “The time, care and attention to detail taken to source both malt and grain whiskies from some of Scotland’s most noted distilleries has allowed us to explore hundreds of blends of Scotch malt and grain whiskies to achieve Ardray’s optimum balance of multi-layered flavours.

“Ardray promises a rich and complex taste, with a distinctive harmony of flavours: a mild, gently floral, and citrusy fruitiness, with a vanilla custard creaminess and a rich, silky mouthfeel and lengthy aftertaste that is unmatched.”