Richard Tub satisfies Finn Thomson, who is continuing his family’s whiskey link by setting up his own independent bottling business.
I To start with heard about Finn Thomson by means of a mutual mate, above a dram in a remote bar in Ardnamurchan. As an individual whose day work contains remaining the editor of both equally Scottish Fieldwherever whiskey coverage is in our DNA, and specialist whiskey journal Cask & Stillmy functioning life entails a substantial amount of time considering Scotland’s finest export.
I’m lucky adequate to have frequented a great number of distilleries and experimented with some of the rarest drums on earth, so I’m not conveniently amazed. Nonetheless inspite of the simple fact that there are now a huge amount of independent bottlers – which is what Finn Thomson Whisky is – there was one thing promptly compelling about his tale.
The backstory to the start of his have company, as it was informed to me, was about a outstanding array of casks gathered by the Thomson relatives since Finn’s good-terrific-grandfather, Peter Thomson, set up a grocery and whiskey enterprise on the Outdated Significant Street in Perth in 1908. A single of their staples was their individual residence blended whiskey Beaneagles, which was cheekily named when in 1922 Peter read of the impending building of Gleneagles. As nicely as typical bottles it was also marketed in modest ceramic bottles in the photos of curling stones, Nessie, birds of prey, and the like. Produced by some celebrated pottery corporations like Royal Doulton, these keep on being sought-right after collectors’ merchandise.
On leading of that, the burgeoning firm had been also agents for some quality makes, this sort of as nearby malt whiskey Macallan, which has absent on to be the one most appealing and collectable malt whiskey.
When the organization was sold in the 1980s Finn’s grandfather Michael put in the up coming two decades salting away the younger grain and malt casks that experienced been utilized in Beneagles, and any other exciting casks he arrived across. By the time Michael had concluded, he had amassed a person of Scotland’s premier non-public cask collections, a lot of which has now handed down to his grandson.
Paying a working day in Highland Perthshire on the banking institutions of the Tay with Finn, it was unsurprising that this enthusiastic and proficient thirtysomething was keen to communicate about his household background in distilling and selling whiskey – after all, 300 a long time and 8 generations is some pedigree. The working day mastering about the Finn Thompson Whiskey assortment included foods and whiskey pairing at the spectacular Grandtully Lodge, a tour of his family members sites – the spotlight of which was a check out to the historic St Mary’s Church, with its awesome ceiling fresco – but, most Importantly, some tasting of his launch range of whiskeys.
The complete vary will be expanded as more whiskies are obtained, but at the second it is damaged down into three categories. The Crown is their starter vary, with the youngest a 2009 Inchgower, and the oldest a 15-year-aged Caol Ila. The Scarce array is made up of a few whiskies: a 32-calendar year-old Auchentoshan, and 34-calendar year-old drums from Dufftown and the North British Distillery. Finally, the true star attraction is the one bottle in the Crown classification, 127 bottles of an fantastic 50-12 months-outdated Glenlivet whose liquid is nearly black and which has stunning Olorosso sherry aromas – in addition dates, figs and sultanas on the palate – from its time in a initially-full sherry hogshead. It was outstanding.
Following 300 a long time, the Thomsons could rarely have picked out a much better time to start themselves as unbiased bottlers and bring their family booty to sector. Despite the present world financial uncertainty, there is continue to a ton of spare hard cash sloshing about the globe seeking for a house, and with whiskey prices increasing quick the sector carries on to see soaring price ranges for its greatest drums. And make no mistake, the 50-calendar year-aged Glenlivet qualifies for that description, and then some…
The Finn Thomson Whiskey assortment is available from Woodwinters, Villeneauve Wines, Freds Drinks, Oban Whisky and High-quality Wine, Malts and Spirits, and the Aberdeen Whiskey Shop.
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