Deeside Distillery welcomed Olympic snowboarder Ben Kilner to fill his cask of founders’ release future single malt whisky. The first cask of 88 available is owned by the Banchory athlete who now runs The Unit Gym and Fitness in the Deeside town.

The distillery announced the sale of just 88 limited edition casks as part of its founders’ collective. The whisky will be matured until 2029 and Deeside Distillery is the first new distillery in Royal Deeside to produce whisky in almost 200 years.

Ben said, ‘It is incredibly exciting to own my first cask of future whisky from a local distillery. I have watched the Deeside Distillery team develop their products over the years so to be able to own one of the first casks produced is a huge privilege. I now just have a few years to wait until I can bottle it up in the future!’

Liam Pennycook, head distiller said, ‘We were delighted to welcome Ben into the distillery for the filling of the first of our 88 casks. He is a fantastic ambassador for the area and achieved a huge amount in his sport and now in business, so we couldn’t be happier that he was able to fill up his own cask.

‘We have spent almost two years experimenting with laying down octaves to gather as much insight as possible and we are certain that we have created something special with our future single malt and delighted with the interest from investors so far.’

Casks are priced from £7,500. This is a unique opportunity to purchase the only casks that will ever be produced from Deeside Distillery, with plans secured for a two-acre site in Hill of Banchory for a new distillery.

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