Upon finishing her undergraduate degree in Applied Biological Sciences from the University of West Scotland in 2013, Kelsey McKechnie began her career at William Grant & Sons. The creativity and complex layers behind distilling immediately stood out to her. Now taking on a new category of American whiskey, Kelsey’s yearning to expand her knowledge led her to Fistful of Bourbon. As our Master Blender, Kelsey worked her magic and created an award winning blend of five straight bourbons, a literal Fistful of Bourbon. Kelsey and her team searched far and wide throughout the country to find the five perfect straight bourbons to comprise Fistful; a whiskey that is full of flavor and extremely versatile.
The idea was a big whiskey that balances sweet and spice. To get there, each “finger” of our Fistful has a distinct flavor.
Sweet, balanced and smooth.
Green and leafy with floral notes.
Warm spice and hints of nutmeg.
Notes of buttery toffee.
Hints of cinnamon and licorice.
We wanted to make a bourbon that was smooth as all hell but with tasty complexity. As a whisky-making family going back over 100 years, we knew the only way to achieve that was by blending. So, we sent our superstar, Kelsey McKechnie to the States on a quest for the perfect blend. She had a great time and almost didn’t come home. Along the way, Kelsey experimented with loads of bourbons before choosing the five ‘fingers’ that would make up our Fistful. One is balanced and sweet. One has delicious floral notes. One has warm spices. Another has a buttery toffee flavor. And one is loaded with notes of cinnamon and licorice. The result is a smooth-as-hell bourbon with full-fisted flavor. It’s well-worth sipping neat and tastes fantastic in mixed drinks.
We’re an award-winning family-owned Scottish distilling company founded in 1887. The art of Scotch making requires mastery of blending — we own thousands of casks of whisky that we blend in all kinds of ways to create all kinds of flavors. To make Fistful of Bourbon, we applied all that generational knowhow to bourbon.
FYI, one way we’ve gotten to know bourbon is that the majority of our Scotch whisky is aged in used bourbon barrels from America.
It’s all about the blend. (Did we mention we have 100 years of whisky blending experience?)
Not in any significant way. This isn’t just true for Fistful. It’s true for all blended whiskies. Distilling depends on a gazillion variables – the year’s barley crop, the trees used to make the barrels, the weather and climate around the barrel houses and so on. Bottom line: Every year, we’ll find five whiskeys that create the same balance and match the same flavor profile that you taste today. If you like Fistful now, you’ll like it later. We promise.
Absolutely not. The art of blending is making tweaks for the end goal of consistency. It’s what we do and it’s in our DNA. For over 100 years, we’ve kept our Scotch whiskies consistent. We’ll use the same inventory management and blending expertise to do the same for Fistful. Since we age our Scotch whisky in bourbon barrels, we have long and strong ties to the bourbon industry. This lets us get our hands on whiskies other folks can’t.
Fistful of Bourbon is sure delicious on its own, but if you are looking for something to mix it up in try one of our mighty fine cocktails.SEE COCKTAILS