The Firkin Whisky Co. is an independent bottling company founded by Mike Collings, famous for his work with Diageo, becoming one of the founding fathers of Johnnie Walker Blue and Johnnie Walker Green. Knowing all that he did about the world of whisky, Mike approached Firkin with a unique lens. He knew that barrels could add a tremendous amount of depth, and therefore 70% of the flavor of his spirits comes directly from the cask. Firkin is unique because they use whiskies from exclusive distilleries, which are then matured in custom casks to get a depth of flavor that’s both interesting and “Firkin delicious.”
It is unusual to get a peated whisky that’s not from an island, but this one comes from Ardmore Distillery in Aberdeenshire (origin of The Black Angus steak) and inland from the seaport of Aberdeen in the North East of Scotland. It’s a Highland Distillery that makes some peated malt whisky, but the Firkin Ardmore 8 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky is a softer peat style. Marsala casks married with the fortified wine, giving you a more delicate peat, which is rare.
Ardmore and Firkin partnered to create this dram with a soft sweetness. They use a combination of American first-fill Bourbon and new French Limousin oak staves with custom char. This Double Oak cask, in combination with the “solto” sweetness of Marsala, creates a new character.
It's quite simply Firkin Bellissimo.