What makes this so limited is that the whisky was matured in a Firkin cask – a mere 9 gallons or 40 liters. With an outturn of just 40 bottles and this being once of only two firkins still at the distillery it’s sure to be a collector’s item.
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.
The bottles are packed in a clear and bright wooden gift box made of wood veneer, MDF, suede, that in itself is a design object by Progress Packaging, UK.
Available from September 2011. Retail price €1725,- to €4500,-