300 years in the making: Rare private cask collection to be bottled for first time

300 years in the making: Rare private cask collection to be bottled for first time

The inaugural release will be a 50-year-old Glenlivet, one of the oldest in the range

News | 28 Jun 2022

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A rare private cask collection in Scotland is to be bottled for the first time, under the banner of Finn Thomson Whisky. The collection is said to celebrate the family’s 300-year-long spirit, with the uncasking happening under the curation of Finn Thomson, a ninth generation in the family.

The great grandfather of Finn, Peter Thomson, had his own grocery and whisky business in Perth in 1908, sharing his patch with Dewar, Bell and Gloag. Following the sale of Peter Thomson’s in the 1980s, Michael Thomson (Finn’s grandfather) begun stowing away young malt and grain casks that had formed the secret recipe of Beneagles.

The inaugural release on launch will be one of the oldest whiskies in the Crown range – a 50-year-old Glenlivet. Matured in a first fill sherry hogshead, the producer has described the drink as having nose notes of deep Oloroso sherry on the nose, with a sweet, salted caramel mouthfeel with hints of dried fruits. With an AVC of 49.8%, a total of 127 bottles have been yielded.

Glenlivet 50 Year Old

The full range will be available initially from specialist whisky retailers across the UK, as well as launching in three European markets – Italy, Belgium and The Netherlands.

Finn Thomson, Master Bottler, said the following: “For three hundred years my forefathers have been involved in whisky - distilling, blending, and trading. And growing up, I was always fascinated by my grandfather’s recollections of his time in the whisky trade. These stories have inspired me to to reignite the family business and create new experiences and innovations in the exciting world of single cask independent bottlers. Quietly, Granddad Michael spent the 1980s and ‘90s selecting and collecting the young casks of single malts and grains that had formed the secret recipe of the Beneagles blend, handed down over the generations. In doing so, he accumulated one of Scotland’s largest private cask collections.

Now, it is my honour to bring this aged collection of rare casks to the lips of a new generation. Each cask has its own individual personality. Every Finn Thomson whisky is a one-off with its own wonderful character. That’s my vision for the future and that’s why I am so excited.”

Finn Thomson, Master Bottler
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