A 1973 vintage whisky from the North of Scotland grain distillery bottled at 40 years of age in March 2014 by Douglas Laing for their Directors' Cut series. Distilled in October, the angels took most of this one, leaving us with just 69 bottles. The distillery only ran for about 20 years, closing in 1980 and since dismantled.
A remarkably well-priced 40yo from Glenfarclas range; simply-packaged just like the distillery's standard bottlings, and bottled at a perfect drinking strength of 46%. A 40yo sherried Speyside designed for drinking rather than sitting on a mantlepiece or in a display cabinet - bravo. Awarded a very well-merited Gold Medal at the Malt Maniacs Awards 2010.
A 1974 vintage whisky bottled under the Craigduff label. The spirit was produced at Strathisla distillery and was peated, unlike their regular releases, hence the alternative name. There's not much of it around, but Signatory have yet again dug up a cask - distilled on April 4th 1973, matured for 40 years (to the day) in a refill butt and bottled on April 4th 2013 at cask strength.
A beautiful 40 year old vintage Glen Garioch, bottled by the folks at Morrison Bowmore for The Whisky Exchange and released at The Whisky Show in 2011. 1971 Glen Garioch is known for being more peaty than usual, and this delicate, restrained old school dram has a lovely thread of smoke, plus tropical fruit and medicine cabinet aromas. Fabulous.
A 1973 vintage Glenglassaugh released as part of the distillery's first batch of rare cask releases. Distilled on December 5, this was matured for 40 long years, including a final finishing period in a manzanilla sherry puncheon, before being bottled in February 2014.
A 1966 vintage Bruichladdich bottled at 40 years of age in May 206 by independent bottlers Duncan Taylor. Distilled when the distillery was owned by A. B. Grant, by the time this was bottled, the distillery had been mothballed twice and was under new ownership.
A belated entry in Diageo's 2011 Special Releases selection, hitting the market in early 2012. Closed in 1985 and since demolished, whisky from the distillery is sought after by collectors and drinkers alike due to the comparatively small number of bottlings available.
The 2013 release of Hankey Bannister 40 year old, the 2007 bottling of which won Best Blended Whisky in the World at the World Whisky Awards. The blend includes some 1967 and 1970 sherried Highland whiskies combined with Lowland grain.
An ambitious 40yo for the relaunched Fettercairn single malt, just 463 bottles of this have been produced. Aged in Apostoles palo cortado sherry casks, the 1969 'offers thick chunky orange rind, cinnamon and spice...crushed almonds, ginger and bitter chocolate'.
An interesting whisky from Gordon & Macphail, bottled for a special reason - commemorating MD David Urquart's 40 years of service on his retirement in late 2012. The whisky is a 1972 vintage Tomintoul, bottled at 40 years old, and was a big hit at The Whisky Show in 2012.
A long-aged cask strength Springbank 1969 bottled from a single refill sherry butt by Signatory as part of the Cask Strength Collection. Lovely natural colour on this, not too dark, so there should be plenty of distillery character remaining.
A very rare bottling from Dufftown distillery in Speyside. This is quite possibly the oldest official release from the distillery, at 40 years old. Bottled at 45.3% (80 proof) and in a square, brown glass bottle.
A new 2013 release which marks a change for Glenglassaugh. The previous releases of their 40 year old have been single casks, but, from now on, they will be releasing a vatting of casks as an ongoing release. Presented in the same 'teardrop' shaped decanter as the 30yo, this has seen a lot of sherry-wood influence, so can be expected to be rich and flavoursome.