Benriach unveils $8,000 twinset NFT
Speyside distillery Benriach has launched 10 twinset whiskies on NFT marketplace Blockbar, the only time the pair of expressions will be available ‘anywhere in the world’.
The Benriach Forty Year Old and Benriach The Forty Octave Cask Matured will be available to purchase as NFTs on Blockbar.com as a twinset.
Blockbar is a direct-to-consumer NFT marketplace for luxury wines and spirits.
Master blender Rachel Barrie commented: “We are hugely excited that the launch of the distillery’s The Forty and The Forty Octave Cask Matured will happen via NFT marketplace Blockbar.com.
“Fine Bourbon casks have gradually developed exquisite notes of honeyed pomelo and lush orchard fruits to create Benriach The Forty, one of the oldest ever peated whiskies released from Speyside.
“Over the decades of maturation, the smoky character of peated Benriach spirit refines and mellows, transforming into ripe fruit sweetness. This intricate character is interwoven with dark notes of chocolate, rich plum and smooth walnut from port casks sourced from the Douro Valley in Portugal.”
Alongside the NFT, purchasers will also get to receive an all access trip to Speyside, meeting the team of whisky makers at Benriach.
Barrie continued: “The Forty Octave Cask Matured is the finest example of Benriach matured with creative consideration. The liquid was ingeniously nurtured in small octave casks, which are an eighth of the size of a regular cask.
“These casks were crafted from the staves of American oak Bourbon casks, rich with indulgent orchard and dark fruits and a flawless silken oak finish.
“It is a testament to our history of creativity in cask exploration.”
The twinset will include bespoke customisation on the packaging.
The NFTs will be sold from 10am EST on Tuesday 11 October, initially prices at US$8,000.
Dov Falic, Blockbar co-founder and CEO, said: “We are delighted that Benriach has chosen to partner with Blockbar to launch its first ever NFT. We look forward to building a great relationship together and releasing more exclusive drops for our Blockbar community.”
The physical bottles will be available to redeem from spring 2023.
In May 2022, Benriach released the second edition of its single malt made entirely from barley malted at its floor maltings.