Speyside Distillerys Spey Cask 27 25-year-old

Speyside Distillery's Spey Cask 27 25-year-old

Speyside Distillery's Spey Cask 27 25-year-old Scotch

Category - Spirits, whisky, Scotch, single malt, 25 years old, 55.1% abv

Available - From this week

Location - Europe and Asia, specific markets to be confirmed

Price  Expected to be set based on auction price of first bottle, limited to 250 units in total

Speyside Distillery is set to auction off the first of 250 bottles of a 25-year-old, cask strength single malt Scotch whisky. The first unit of Cask 27 will be auctioned through McTear's Auctioneers later this week. The remaining units will go on general sale in selected European and Asian markets shortly afterwards.

Packaged in a numbered bottle that is displayed in a humidor box, the liquid has been aged in American oak casks. It also contains the first spirit to have been produced by Speyside Distillery, in late-1990.

Late last year, the company released a 1,200-unit run of a whisky to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Lord Byron's marriage.

Show the press release

Bottle number one in an exclusive limited edition release of the first distillation from Speyside Distillery is to go under the hammer at auction. It is one of just 250 bottles from Cask 27, which contained the very first spirit to be produced by the artisan distillery in December 1990.

Cask 27 was the final cask to be filled on that milestone occasion and the single malt Scotch whisky has lain sleeping, patiently waiting to give up its secrets for the past 25 years. Bottle number one will be auctioned through McTear's on Wednesday,, March 23 and it is anticipated there will be high level interest in the rare malt from whisky connoisseurs and collectors.

John Harvey McDonough, chief executive officer of Speyside Distillery, says the time feels right to finally share the historic dram through this limited edition bottling, which will go on general release following the auction.

The distillery is located at the foot of the Cairngorm mountain range in the Scottish Highlands within a former barley mill and croft. It was created by George Christie - a retired Royal Navy submarine captain - and was built by hand in a painstaking 30-year process.

"Mr Christie obviously knew that good things come to those who wait, and that is one of the reasons why we have been in no rush to release this very first distillate," adds John.

"Managing director, Patricia Dillon and I feel honoured to be in a position of being able to release this very special cask. In doing so I personally felt that I was able to share the tremendous, meticulous work that went into building the distillery and laying down the first casks.

"This truly is a beautiful dram in which the passion of this first distillate can be tasted. We are delighted to be joining together with McTear's to auction bottle number one: as a prestigious auction house it is fitting for our rare bottle to be in their safe hands.

 "This is not just a whisky: this is an integral part of the distillery's heritage. We are extremely proud to be able to share this part of our history with whisky lovers and we hope those who are lucky enough to secure one of the special limited edition bottles will raise a toast to those who painstakingly worked together to build the beautiful distillery and lay down this very first distillate."

Cask 27 is bottled at 55.1% cask strength from American oak casks, and is non-colour and non-chill filtered.  It has a hue of light golden colour with an aroma of refreshing, delicate fruits with hints of vanilla and honey, and a taste of subtle vanilla with a smooth crème brûlée flavour. Its finish is mild, fresh citrus fruit  

Cask 27 is presented in a beautiful humidor box with a hand written label, numbered bottle number and wax stamped with the wording - 1990 year of 1st distillation. The box has a certificate of authenticity signed by the CEO.

Stephen McGinty, whisky specialist at McTear's Auctioneers  says, "We handle many special limited edition whiskies, however, to have the great privilege of auctioning SPEY from Speyside Distillery bottle number one of this special edition bottling of Cask 27 is a very rare occasion indeed. This whisky ticks all the boxes and more for any investor and we are expecting to receive significant interest."

Speyside Distillery near Kingussie is home of the SPEY brand of malt whisky. It has been in production since 1990 and is operated by Speyside Distillers Ltd. In 2012 the SPEY brand and packaging with its specially designed unique bottle was introduced.

Original source: Company Release

Expert analysis

Global Scotch whisky insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends

Global Scotch whisky insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends

Much of the lustre has come off the global Scotch whisky market in the last two years, with growth slowing after a golden period between 2002 and 2012. Blended Scotch is poised to bounce back over the...read more