Deeside Distillery offer whisky fans chance to buy one of their incredibly rare casks

The first distillery in Royal Deeside to lay down casks in almost two centuries is offering whisky fans the opportunity to buy some of their incredibly rare casks. 

Published 1st Jul 2019
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

Deeside Distillery, which launched in 2017, has announced the sale of just 88 limited edition casks as part of its founders’ collective.

The casks are made even rarer by the fact that only 100 casks will ever be produced from its current site.

The spirit will be matured until 2029 to ensure the very best whisky is produced, with no other single malt whisky being released before then.

The hand selected founders’ casks will be numbered 1-88 and available in 200 litre ex-Bourbon or 250 litre ex-Oloroso casks. Depending on strength, approximately 250 bottles are expected from each cask.

Commenting on the launch, head distiller, Liam Pennycook, said: “We are incredibly excited about launching our 88 casks of future single malt whisky as part of our Founders’ Collective.

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"For whisky investors to be able to purchase whisky from the first new distillery in the region in almost 200 years is a great achievement for us."

The head distiller added that with their plans for a new site well under way and the new distillery moving forward at pace, this batch will be even more exclusive.

The casks will be priced from £7,500, and Pennycook and his team say that this will be a very unique opportunity to purchase the only casks that will ever be produced from Deeside Distillery with plans secured for a new two-acre site in Hill of Banchory for a new distillery.

Due to regulations, a distillery can’t move its name to another site, so the new distillery will be set up for its own production leaving Deeside Distillery as a “lost distillery”.

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He said: “We have spent almost two years experimenting with laying down octaves (very small casks) to gather as much knowledge as possible and our years of experience in brewing and gin and rum production has given us a wealth of knowledge.

"We are excited to have had several industry experts believe we have created something very special.  Charles Maclean is coming early next month to taste the spirit again and to see first-hand how our new still is producing our recipe. We are certain, even at this early stage, that we have created something special with our future single malt.”

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Deeside Distillery uses Deeside Water in its production – a unique water renowned for its properties sourced from the Deeside Valley with a low PH, low minerality and smaller molecular cluster size.

Owners will also receive exclusive access to events, future discounts of other releases from the new distillery along with storage for up to 10 years.

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Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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