There’s a new, handmade blend of Highland and Speyside Scotch whiskies, called Fior, that’s made by sticking to time-honored ways of Scottish distilling, and is rooted in tradition. But more than that, this Scotch is meant to give back.
That’s because with each bottle purchased, a donation is given to the Wounded Warrior Project, according to a statement from the whisky maker.
Fior’s founder, Eric Dominijanni, a retired major of the United States Marine Corps, said that after proudly serving in the military for more than 20 years, he was ready to enjoy his time in retirement.
“And that includes raising a glass of this spectacular Scotch,” he said.
Dominijanni explained that he started out as an amateur Scotch collector until, one day, he amassed a collection of great Scotches. “I started to decant the dregs of particularly good Scotches into what would become my ‘infinity bottle.’ Eventually, the blend became so good that I didn’t want to change it.”
When he realized the infinity bottle started to run low, and that once it was gone he would have to start all over, “I contacted a long-time friend who works in the liquor industry to see if he could help me. He was able to help me recreate the taste, aroma, and smoothness of that original infinity blend. It was spot on.”
Each bottle of Fior features a high malt/grain content of 40%. It’s made and bottled in small batches in Scotland, where each batch is blended by David Hallgarten, who selects premium casks of Scotch whisky for their unique qualities and character.
The color on this blend, according to Hallgarten, is a deep, rich maple and on the nose, the whisky has aromas of vanilla and with a hint of campfire smoke. The palate features tastes of oak, chocolate, and soft spices, and the whisky has a smooth, long finish of malt tones with warm salted almonds.
The final bottled blend clocks in at 43% ABV.
As for the name of the whisky, in Scottish Gaelic, the word for “pure” is “fior ghlan.”
Dominijanni said, “I’ve been told that ‘fior’ also translates to ‘true and clean.’ And Fior Scotch is as pure as it comes. You won’t find any artificial flavors or colors here.”
He noted that the Fior label is inspired by the flag of Scotland, and the lion emblem pays homage to the Lion Rampant, a heraldic symbol which has become associated with Scottish nobility.
But a priority to Dominijanni is the proceeds that go back to veterans’ causes. “To those that served before me, to those that served with me, and to those that serve now, I raise a glass to you. To all my devil dogs, gyrenes, jar heads, and leathernecks who had my six, OOH RAH.”