In July, the prestigious Royal Automobile Club in London’s Pall Mall, was the setting for the unveiling of Alexandrion Group’s Carpathian Single Malt Whisky.
The lavish event took place In the presence of Her Excellency Mrs Laura Popescu, the Ambassador of Romania to the United Kingdom, along with Alexandru Dodan, Deputy Head of Mission at the Romanian Embassy and Nawaf Salameh, Founding Chairman of the Alexandrion Group.
The Carpathian Single Malt was the undoubted star of the show, which was extremely well received by the assembled guests who were invited to this exclusive event.
Two branded bars were located in the RAC’s historic Mountbatten Room, which served the guests with a range of Alexandrion Group’s spirits, wines, cocktails and, of course, the Carpathian Single Malt. After several speeches and announcements the tastings and networking continued accompanied by the Leon Garner Jazz band.
The whisky has already been critically acclaimed by Salameh’s contemporaries, including Master Distiller, Allan Anderson, who stated that as the Carpathian Single Malt continues to mature: “This exquisite whisky will, without doubt, become one of the best in the world”.
Carpathian Single Malt is made using 100% malted barley produced in Romania; the single malt is distilled, matured and bottled at the Alexandrion Saber 1789 Distilleries, located in Bucov, Prahova County, close to the Carpathian Mountains.
This is the first ever Romanian single malt whisky to be made with pure sub-Carpathian water, which is bottled at 46 percent (ABV).
Alexandrion Group’s single malt inaugural limited edition consists of just 930 bottles and is available in three unique finishes: Feteasca Neagra and Pinot Noir (part of the Romanian Wine Cask Selection), and Madeira (as part of the Spanish & Portuguese Wine Cask Selection).
The Feteasca Neagra and Madeira finishings were initially matured in first-fill Bourbon casks, while the Pinot Noir expression was exclusively matured in Romanian Pinot Noir casks. Another world premier, in terms of single malt production, is that the Carpathian Single Malt was matured in Romanian wine casks.
Not only does the new whisky put the country firmly on the spirit producing map, it will also play an important role in promoting Romania’s incredible natural and cultural diversity, whilst forging and enhancing positive relations with the UK, which is as important to Nawaf Salameh as developing a stunning new spirit.
Just over a month from the London unveiling, The Week UK has already described Carpathian Single Malt on their ‘Tried and Tasted: 50 of the world’s best whiskies article: “With its robust flavour and complex taste, this new world whisky is more like one from the old. Either way, it’s a welcome addition to the global tour” and placed it at number one in their ‘Tried & Tasted’ listing.
The successful London event follows on from the plaudits that the whisky received in May in Washington D.C., where Nawaf Salameh first introduced the world to his much-anticipated spirit. The event took place at the residence of His Excellency Mr Dan Andrei Muraru, the Romanian Ambassador to the USA.
After London, the journey will continue, as Carpathian Single Malt is gradually unveiled to consumers across the globe.
Commenting on success of the London event, Nawaf Salameh reflected: “One month ago, we were in Washington, at the residence of the Romanian Ambassador in the USA, where we introduced Carpathian Single Malt to the global market for the first time.
“It was the beginning of our journey around the world, with the first single malt whisky ever produced in Romania. The second destination of our global tour was London and it was a true honour for me to be there, at the home of whisky, talking about a product with so much tradition, pride and history that I respect so much, in a historical exclusive venue, the Royal Automobile Club, which perfectly complements the profile of Carpathian Single Malt.
“The British are the pioneers of single malt whisky production, this knowledge, is something we can tap into to help us grow and develop our product even further. I am grateful to the Romanian Embassy to United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland for supporting us in organising a spectacular event.”
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