One-of-a-kind Whisky Casks

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    The trouble with rare bottlings is that there is seldom enough to go around. So for the generous among you, an entire cask will do the trick, and they don’t get more exclusive than one-of-a-kind casks from two Scottish closed distilleries.

    The first comes from Port Ellen, a malt mill that became a distillery in 1833. It changed hands and was rebuilt in 1967 before closing in 1983, but the bottles made during its time are reputed to be among Islay’s best. So you may expect great things from Cask No. 6139, filled on 25 September 1979 and has enough cask-strength smoky, vanilla sweetness to fill approximately 520 bottles.

    Those who prefer the Highland style can opt for a cask from Brora instead. Its history dates back to 1819 (when it was known as Clynelish distillery) and until 1973, was known for heavily peated whiskies. But in its last decade it created whiskies in a lighter style, which you can sample in the 33-year-old Cask No. 556, which it will fill about 248 bottles.

    Both casks can be bottled immediately or stored at their respective warehouses for four years, after which they will become the world’s first Port Ellen 40 YO and Brora 38 YO ever to be released. Such casks are never readily available on the market, so each glass you pour is served with a side of bragging rights.

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