The life of a Fraserburgh man has been celebrated with the launch of a whisky which blends the rarest of Japanese and Scottish whiskies.
The Glover was named after Thomas Blake Glover, who was born in Fraserburgh, before moving to Japan where he helped shape Japan in the 19th Century.
Jim Millar, who devised the project and who holds the Consul General of Japan’s Certificate of Commendation, said: “This whisky is an excellent way of acknowledging the life of Thomas Blake Glover, and celebrating our important relationship with Japan, which continues to flourish, especially in the fields of trade, culture and education”.
Known as the Scottish Samuri Thomas Blake Glover was the first foreigner to receive the Order of the Rising Sun from the Japanese Emporer in recognition of his many achievmnets.
Originally a trader Glover was recognised by the people of Japan for his industrial innovations and diplomatic work.
Mr Millar said: “Over 2 million people a year visit his home in Nagasaki so we thought it would good to raise his profile here in his home country.”
The Glover is made by Adelphi and will be available in two brands, one being an ultra-premium version which will retail in the region of £1,000 per bottle.
A second premium version called The Glover 14 will sell for around £100 per bottle.
The price of the bottles is supposed to reflect the rarity of the whiskies used with the Japanese whisky being much sought after.
It is from one of only a few casks distilled at Hanyu Distillery which closed in 2000.
Alex Bruce, Managing Director of Adelphi Distillerys Ltd, said: ““We wanted the final whisky to present the unique flavours of both casks, but also to be even more than the sum of its parts.
“We also added a drop of whisky from Glen Garioch Distillery in homage to Thomas Glover’s home in Aberdeenshire, to complete the flavour profile.”
In an unusual twistAlex Bruce is also the great-great grandson of the Earl of Elgin who signed the first treaty of Trade and Amity between the UK and Japan in 1858.
It was this treaty which paved the way for British traders and entrepreneurs such as Thomas Blake Glover and his peers.
Mr Bruce said: “I’m delighted to be involved in such an exciting and unique project.
“This brand is set to strengthen an already strong bond between Japan and Scotland.”
The Glover was launched in Aberdeen on Monday.