A trio of Scottish ocean rowers has teamed-up with their dad, world-leading whisky expert Charles MacLean, to create a whisky in a bid to save lives in Madagascar.
Six months ago, Ewan, 28, Jamie,26, and Lachlan MacLean, 22, became the first three brothers to row any ocean, the youngest trio and the fastest trio to ever row the Atlantic.
On Friday at 10am they’re launching a limited-edition whisky, which was “pillaged” from 17 distilleries on the West Coast of Scotland during Broar’s’ first training row. The campaign was dubbed “Whisky for Water”.
The team of experts who blended the whisky was led by writer, Whiskeria reviewer and star of The Angels’ Share, Charles MacLean, and includes Whyte & Mackay master blender Richard Paterson.
Each bottle contains a small amount of whisky, which accompanied the boys during their 35-day row from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua in the Caribbean in the Atlantic Campaigns Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.
Just 168 bottles of MacLean’s Pillage, a blended Malt, and 299 bottles of MacLean’s Spillage, a blended Scotch, will be available. The rarity and high-quality of the unique blends has prompted Edinburgh’s Royal Mile Whiskies to prepare for a rush of interest from collectors across the globe.
They predict the bottles could be sold “within hours”. For those who aren’t able to snap up a bottle of either Pillage or Spillage, 700 x 5cl miniatures of Spillage will be available.
Proceeds from the sale of the whisky will enable Argyll-based charity Feedback Madagascar to build “Broar holes”, providing clean water for life to more than 3,000 people in this impoverished country where 20% of deaths of children under five is from water-borne diseases.
Lachlan traveled to Madagascar two years ago where he saw for himself the real difference Feedback Madagascar was making to communities.
He said: “The experience of making the whisky gave us a real insight into dad’s world. It’s no wonder people across the world are so enchanted by the flavours and stories behind Scotch whisky. The overwhelming generosity of the 17 West Coast distilleries which donated to our cause is a credit to the entire industry.
“Every dram will save lives; whisky is quite literally being turned into clean water.”
The whisky has been a year in the making and was collected during Broar’s first training run.
Charles, who missed greeting the boys on the arrival from their world record-breaking row because they were more than five days quicker than anticipated, said: “What a blender is trying to do is make something that is more than the sum of its parts. To my knowledge, this is the first time that all the distilleries on the west coast have collaborated and we’ve tried to balance the personalities of…