Celebrating historic links

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A former Arbroath councillor has spoken of his delight at the continued success of a whisky project he spearheaded which celebrates links between Scotland and Japan.

The Glover whisky is named after north east man Thomas Blake Glover who had a major impact on the modernisation of Japan in the 19th Century. He was the first foreigner to be awarded the Order of the Rising Sun by the Emperor, and would later be known as the ‘Scottish Samurai’.

Fusion Whisky, co-founded by Arbroath man Jim Millar, working with Adelphi Distillery has announced their fourth edition which is made from a blend of Scotch and rare Hanyu whisky from Japan.

The first two fusions were launched simultaneously in Aberdeen and Tokyo in 2015 and sold out immediately, with the third version introduced in the second half of last year.

Mr Millar, who is also a Visiting Lecturer at Robert Gordon University, has been recognised for his work promoting friendship and understanding between Scotland and Japan winning several awards, including the Consul General of Japan’s Certificate of Commendation. He will be be presented with the Great Shogun Award later this year, along with round the world yachtsman Sir Chay Blyth.

Mr Millar said: “I am delighted that The Glover has proved to be so popular, and although Japan was our target market, it is also exported to fifteen other countries, making it a real international success story.

“The idea of using whisky to highlight Scotland’s historic relationship with Japan, and other countries has been particularly well received, and along with Adelphi Distillery, we are currently working on other exciting international projects.”

This edition is 18 years old and will retail at £145, with the run limited to 1406 bottles.