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Firkin Rum in Custom Speyside Scotch Cask

Sale price£74.95
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Key Facts About This Single Barrel Rum

Bottler: The Firkin Whisky Company

Maker: Mike Collings and Jim Ashley

Age: 2009 Vintage

Region: Trinidad and Tobago

Spirit: Single barrel rum

Cask Type: Custom double-oak Speyside scotch cask

Alcohol by Volume: 43%

Bottled: No added sugar or flavourings, natural colour, non chill filtered

Outturn: 346 Bottles

Bottle Size: 700ml

Firkin Rum Tasting Notes

Mike's tasting notes

Nose: Sweet and subtle wafts of caramel and vanilla lead into toffee which sails into hints of oak and a turn of sherry to bring us home.

Palate: Like a lover's kiss, the senses align as caramel, vanilla and toffee remain. Beautiful citrus with succulent satsuma wash through as a uniquely Scottish/Caribbean experience.

Finish: A buttery coconut, joyful raisin and baked spice finish. 

Serge Valentin's review

Colour: Deep gold.

Nose: Boy this works, after a Mhoba at 58% and a Bielle at almost 50%. Some smoky tones, old stump, mushrooms, damson tarte, roasted peanuts and pecans, blackest turron, burnt muffins, ashes in the fireplace, a little thyme tea… Love it. All that at 43% and without any age statement, aren't we going soft?

Palate: And it would continue. Great TDL, but wondering about that Speyside impact. These apples, perhaps?

Finish: Medium, saltier, tarry, with a little carbon, juniper, oranges, elderberry syrup. Add Champagne and Perrier, and presto, a proper spritz. Only the signature part is a little weaker, and reminds us that this was bottled at, wait, is this possible, 43% vol.

Comments: Much fun. SGP:462 - 87 points.

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About this Rum

Serendipity is a wonderful thing. A chance encounter between Jim Ashley, the fabulous founder of Outlaw Rum, and Firkin's mighty Mike Collings, has produced something extraordinary.

Outlaw Rum imports a premium blended rum from Trinidad and Tobago and matures them in a selection of malt whisky casks from Scotland's premier distilleries. Coincidentally, Firkin's famous custom casks are coopered from first-fill bourbon and new French oak just a few miles down the road (read more about Firkin's approach here). Why it's just neighbourly to have these two pioneers collaborate!

Jim's special rum has been aged in Mike's innovative casks. Mike chose a cask that had recently held the pride of Speyside. The result is something truly unique. This first release lets the Firkin flavours flow through the exceptional rum to produce something very special indeed.

Firkin Rum in Custom Speyside Scotch Cask
Firkin Rum in Custom Speyside Scotch Cask Sale price£74.95
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Mike Collings Scotch industry veteran and the founder of the Firkin Whisky Co

Meet the Founder

Mike Collings

Mike Collings could have retired with an incredible track record in whisky. He had created Johnnie Walker Blue & Green Labels, The Classic Malts, Rare Malts, Distillers Edition, Flora & Fauna series, Cardhu and Royal Lochnagar. That’s pretty good as far as CVs go.

He’s been working in whisky for 40 years. You couldn’t blame him for packing it in and putting his feet up. That would have been the sensible thing to do. But Mike is many things. Sensible isn’t one of them. Mike stirs the pot. He thinks about things differently and always asks: ‘what if …’

So, he found himself enjoying a few drams in a Tokyo bar thinking: what if I created a whisky that was unique on the single cask single malt market.

So he did. And it's Firkin awesome whisky.