Outlander star Graham McTavish has released his own seven-year-old bourbon named The Warchief.
The Outlander star – who stars as Dougal MacKenzie in the hit time-travelling show – has shared a post on Instagram promoting his new venture.
The Scots star, who also appeared in The Witcher Netflix series, said: “I’ve been working on this for a while, it’s something I am really, really passionate about.”
“It’s seven-year bottled-in-bond bourbon whiskey, which very modestly has my name on it,” McTavish quipped.
“It’s a dream of mine from when I was very young in Scotland, when I thought about the journey that I wanted to take in life – going to America, and the opportunities that gave me. This is the distillation of that experience…”
“I hope you enjoy it, and I hope you enjoy what I’ve put into it, which is real passion, and it’s bloody delicious. Slàinte,” concluded McTavish.
The drink is reportedly the first celebrity-backed bottled-in-bond bourbon (a US certification introduced in the late 19th century that guarantees that the spirit was produced by a single distillery, was aged for a minimum of four years in a bonded warehouse, and was bottled at 100 proof (50% ABV).)
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It’s described on McTavish Spirits website as a “sweet aroma of vanilla with a hint of caramel & chocolate on the nose” from the corn mash, with the rye lending “cinnamon, fruit cake and baking spices”.
On the back of the palate, its described as offering “nice subtle spice and dark cherry”, with “sweet vanilla on the tip of the tongue”.
It takes its name from character Dougal MacKenzie’s role of ‘war chieftain’ of Clan MacKenzie.
The star follows in the footsteps of his co-star and pal Sam Heughan, whose Sassenach spirits brand has won a slew of awards including Double Gold at the San Fransisco World Spirits Competition, Best In Class at the New York World Wine & Spirits Competition, and Gold at the International Spirits Challenge.
Heughan and McTavish co-wrote bestselling book Clanlands: Whisky, Warfare, and a Scottish Adventure Like No Other, and starred in accompanying documentary road trip series Men in Kilts.