Our New Make Spirit

Our New Make spirit is taken off of the still, and is the spirit that will eventually be matured to become Scotch Whisky. Each of our New Make Spirits showcase different ingredients not commonly seen in modern distilling, including heritage barleys, speciality malts, and a diverse range of yeast strains.

Made By Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s heritage is the tie that binds us to creation. When we look backwards into the city’s past we are looking at Heritage malts that aren’t used anymore, we’re looking at ideas with fermentation which have been left behind. We explore flavour through old brewing recipes, we try new things based on old ideas, and bring them all together to reflect Edinburgh as a city, a mixture of the old and the new. That is the DNA of Holyrood, and the DNA of Edinburgh.

We Test, Learn, Improve, Repeat

Heritage Barley Strains

We are continually discovering more heritage barley varieties that were once part of Edinburgh’s rich brewing heritage and giving them a new purpose:

  • Plumage Archer
  • Chevalier
  • Golden Promise
  • Maris Otter
Speciality Malt Varieties

By introducing speciality malts into the distilling process we impart new and unique flavours to our spirits, with nearly all of them still used in brewing today:

  • Chocolate Malt
  • Crystal Malt (150:light/ 240: Medium/ 400:Dark)
  • Brown Malt
  • Vienna Malt
  • Black Malt
  • Biscuit Malt
  • Light and Dark Munich Malt
  • Amber Malt
  • Caramalt
  • Cara Gold
  • Dextrin 
  • Chit 
Yeast Strains

Just like our choice of malts, yeast strains offer another avenue of flavour creation. To date, we have used brewer’s, distiller’s, wine and even sake yeast strains:

  • Pinnacle M/MG+
  • DY379
  • DY502
  • Edinburgh Ale Yeast (EAY)
  • Hefeweizen
  • S-04
  • US-05
  • Kviek Ale (Sigmund)
  • S-33
  • Brux (like) Trois
  • Fresh Nottingham Ale yeast
  • N379 (Belgian)
  • Tetley 70
  • Sherry flor
  • Pepenero
  • Toronero
  • BP725 (Bordeaux)
  • MaurivinPDM (Champagne)
  • MaurivinB (Burgundy)
  • Mirtillo Rosso
  • Bollicine champagne
  • tropical sym wine yeast
  • rose wine yeast
  • passion fruit wine yeast
  • apple/pear wine yeast
  • Grand zin
  • BC10 Bayanus
  • le more yeast
  • Pinnacle S (Rum)
  • Black Death Yeast
  • Sake
  • Heff 4

Our Journey through New Make

Our New Make is the embodiment of our iterative approach to whisky; our tests, our learnings and our improvements. Rather than simply explain what we do, our New Make offers drinkers the opportunity to experience our whisky thinking first hand: how we use different components and how they affect the character of our spirits, all before any cask influence. Our New Make is the first stage of a longer whisky journey that begins with our choice of ingredients and ends when our Scotch Whisky leaves its cask.

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The first iteration of our Brewer’s Series, utilising American Ale Yeast and and Distiller’s M Yeast strain.

Crystal Malt

The second iteration of our Brewer’s Series, Crystal Malt a speciality malt used in brewing.

Chocolate Malt

The third iteration of our Brewer’s Series, Chocolate Malt a dark speciality malt typically used in brewing stouts and porters.

Made By Edinburgh

The culmination of our Brewer’s Series, a combination of ingredients from our previous 3 Brewer’s Series New Makes. A true reflection of Edinburgh.

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New Make is the first stage of making whisky, and comes straight off of the still. It is unaged and so cannot legally be called Scotch Whisky, but it is the spirit that is put into our barrels for maturation, to become Holyrood’s future whisky. Our New Makes offer whisky drinkers the opportunity to experience how flavour is created before any cask influence.

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New Make
Charmed Circle
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Our New Make Spirit showcases our whisky vision and enables whisky drinkers to fully appreciate spirit before it enters a cask. It demonstrates the influence of our iterative, holistic approach, who we are as distillers, and where we are going as whisky makers.

A new take on vodka inspired by Edinburgh’s brewing past, we create Charmed Circle with heritage barley varieties; Chevalier and Golden Promise, showcasing each of their unique characteristics.

A new approach to gin making, inspired by our whisky thinking and grounded in simplicity. Our Height of Arrows gins feature a singular botanical; juniper, with a focus on flavour and texture.
Featuring rums from some of the most prestigious rum producers in the world, Elizabeth Yard is where we geek out on rum, exploring maturation and cask finishes.