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One of Scotland's rarest cask collections to be bottled by Finn Thomson Whisky

One of Scotland’s rarest private cask collections is to be bottled for the first time with the launch of Finn Thomson Whisky.

Published: June 29, 2022

Passed down through one of the world’s oldest whisky families, the cask collection is now being bottled under the curation of the ninth generation, Finn Thomson, with its debut release: a Glenlivet 50 Year Old.

Under the banner Finn Thomson Whisky, the collection celebrates his family’s 300-year-long relationship with Scotland’s national spirit, from illicit pot stills to the blended whisky boom and beyond. 

Finn’s great great grandfather Peter Thomson set up his grocery and whisky business in Perth in 1908, sharing his patch with blended whisky giants Dewar, Bell and Gloag.

When Peter Thomson’s was sold in the 1980s Michael Thomson, Finn’s grandfather, started stowing away the young malt and grain casks that had formed the secret recipe of Beneagles.

 Speaking of the launch of his business, Finn Thomson, Master Bottler of Finn Thomson Whisky, said: “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.

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"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.”

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The portfolio now presents a collection of rare and aged individual spirits, together with younger single malts, that will be divided into Crown, Rare and Core ranges, each with a nod to a specific moment in time.

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The launch will be marked by the release of one of the oldest whiskies in the Crown range, a Glenlivet 50 Year Old, which has been matured in a first fill sherry hogshead.

While today it is a requirement that all sherry must be bottled in Spain, before the 1970s it was common practice for sherry to be shipped, still in cask, to Scotland for bottling. 

Scottish whisky and wine merchants, including Peter Thomson’s, bottled their own brands of sherry and would then use the fresh sherry casks to mature their whisky stocks. 

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This unique cask is a perfect example of the outstanding quality of these sherry casks.

The Finn Thomson Whisky range will initially be available from specialist whisky retailers across the UK including Woodwinters, Villeneuve Wines, Freds Drinks, Oban Whisky and Fine Wine, Malts and Spirits and Aberdeen Whisky Shop, as well as launching in the three European markets of Italy, Belgium and The Netherlands.

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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