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Fine+Rare offers exclusive Arbikie single malt whisky Founder's Casks

Published:  03 December, 2015

Fine+Rare, the London-based international fine wine and spirits brokers, will be offering investors the opportunity to purchase exclusive first-release whisky barrels from award-winning new Scottish distillery, Arbikie.

The casks go on sale on Friday, December 4.

Arbikie's inagural run of Highland Estate, Single Malt Scotch Whisky comprises no more than 300 barrels.

Investor will be allocated their own unique Founder's Cask; they can choose between ex-bourbon or ex-sherry.

Each cask is priced at £10,000 in bond and comes with an eight-year buy-back guarantee from the distillery.

Jamie Graham, sales director at Fine+Rare, said: "This is a truly unique proposition from Arbikie and we are delighted to be part of it.

"There are very few first-run casks on the market so naturally these attract a premium.

"Because everything is grown and bottled on the estate, production will always be limited, placing this at the rarest end of the whisky market."

Arbikie is an Arbroath-based farm-to-bottle distillery. It launched last year with Scotland's first potato-based vodka, which went on to win Best Vodka at the 2015 Spirit Innovation Awards in Paris.

It claims to be the first distillery in Scotland to produce both white and brown spirits. It sources its own ingredients, ferments, distils, bottles, labels and matures on site.

The distillery is owned by the Stirling family, which has been farming on the 2,000-acre Arbikie Highland estate for four generations.

The family members still control the business.

Master distiller Kirsty Black previously worked at the Caledonian Brewery producing Deuchars, as well as helping to create Pickerings Gin.

Arkibie's premium gin, launched this summer, is named after her.