Scotland’s Glasgow Distillery Company has launched its new 1770 Scotch whisky, marking the first single malt made at the distillery for more than 100 years.

The company will only product 5,000 bottles of the whisky, which takes its name from the year that the original distillery was founded. They will allocated via an online ballot.

The company claims the whisky represents the beginnings of a renaissance for single malt whisky in Glasgow.

It has been produced using traditional methods and state-of-the-art equipment by Glasgow Distillery’s expert team, and has hints of pear, rhubarb and custard and a lingering peppery yet sweet finish.

“Our 1770 shines a light on modern Scotland – we’ve produced something we are very proud of.”

The Glasgow Distillery Company co-founder and CEO Liam Hughes said: “Our surroundings have definitely shaped us, Glasgow is more industrious than industrial now, it’s somewhere that doesn’t stand still and always strives to better itself. And that’s exactly what we wanted for 1770; something distinctive, enterprising and of quality.

“The city is now part of a new chapter in the world of single malt whisky, which is really exciting. Our 1770 shines a light on modern Scotland, we’ve produced something we are very proud of.”

The 1770 single malt Scotch whisky is non-chill-filtered and bottled at 46% alcohol by volume (ABV).

It was matured in ex-Bourbon casks and then finished for a short time in virgin oak.

The first casks completed their minimum ageing period earlier this week, ahead of 1770’s official on-sale date of 3 June this year.

The company is planning to extend its single malt offering with the launch of peated and triple-distilled expressions in 2019 and 2020 respectively.