Speyside’s BenRiach Distillery has announced launching BenRiach 1978 Firkin Cask – its rarest, exclusive bottle ever. Limited to only forty bottles, this exquisite 32 year old single malt will be available in September, but there has been no word on pricing as yet.
The term Firkin was used in old times to refer to a cask that was used for aging whiskeys. Firkin casks were traditionally used for the maturation of fine ale and the name is derived from the Middle Dutch word vierdekijn, meaning fourth – in other words, a quarter of a full-size barrel.
BenRiach’s Managing Director Billy Walker takes up the story: It’s always exciting to discover exceptionally rare and unique casks in our warehouses, and BenRiach has more than its fair share! Upon unearthing this Firkin, we knew we had found something truly extraordinary and sublime which will delight even the most demanding of BenRiach whisky aficionados.
True connoisseurs of fine whiskeys are most interested in BenRiach 1978 Firkin Cask tasting notes. So, just for them, here is: Colour: Clear and bright. Light gold. Nose: Fresh summer fruit aromas are accompanied by bold floral notes, in particular daffodils and freshly cut rosehips. Honey and subtle oak add to a tremendously complex whisky. Palate: Full, complex and long. Incredibly well-developed with smooth, creamy vanilla married with a delicate yet clearly-defined fruit base. Apricots, peaches and nectarines drizzled with honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
The bottles, designed to reflect the super-premium nature of the whisky will be packed in clear and bright unique wooden gift box. [BenRiach]