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40 Year Old Whisky

Forty (40) Year Old Whisky is really a rare treat indeed. There are very few casks which survive the maturation process with enough vivacity left in them to make truly great whisky, and you can rest assured that whiskies that reach 40 years old will be really incredibly complex, often having lost over 50% of the cask’s contents to evaporation.

40 year old whisky is very often bestowed as a 40th Birthday present as a mark of tremendous respect for the recipient. Other occasions on which 40 year old whisky can be given include Fathers Day, and Christmas Presents.

Forty year old whisky is ultra-rare, normally very complex, and incredibly mellow and supple.

1971 was a memorable year for many people - here are some of the most memorable moments:

In May of 1971, South Park lovers everywhere would have raised a glass for the birth of Matt Stone, the aforementioned cartoon’s co-creator.

Later that year, the illustrious actor Mark Wahlberg was born, we’ve sure he enjoys a good glass of bourbon or Scotch. PCWorld.ca listed Mark Wahlberg’s computer game “Marky Mark: Make My Video” as the 8th Worst Video Game of All Time (this award also reminds us of the overindulgent use of the phrase “of all time” when included in the title of an award. Since computer games have only been around for a few decades, there is no need for this melodramatic expression. It’s a bit like having an award for “Best 21st Century Event of All Time” or “Best Tom Cruise Film of All Time” (the second award would obviously go to the classic “Top Gun”). Should it have been an award for something that had been around since documented history, such as “Best Lizard”, “Best Numeric System”, or “Best Calendar”, the phrase “of all time” might fit. That is all.).

Caol Ila 37 Year Old 1981 (cask 3245) - Rare Master's Collection (Mackillop's Choice)

70cl, 56.1%
Caol Ila

A brilliant single cask Caol Ila, this particular Islay whisky was distilled back in May 1981. It spent its days in a single bourbon hogshead for the best part of four decades, until June 2018 when…  More info

Caol Ila 37 Year Old 1981 (cask 3245) - Rare Master's Collection (Mackillop's Choice)
1981 vintage
$789.53
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Caol Ila 40 Year Old 1980 (cask 14963) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.6%
Caol Ila

Douglas Laing's Xtra Old Particular is reserved for rather well-aged expressions, and this one from the Caol Ila Distillery certainly fits the bill. It was distilled back in September 1980, and was…  More info

Caol Ila 40 Year Old 1980 (cask 14963) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
40 year old
$1,762.31

Brora 40 Year Old 1978 - 200th Anniversary Release

70cl, 49.2%
Brora

This 40 Year Old hails from the silent Brora Distillery (though plans are under way to revive it!), released to celebrate the 200th anniversary of its opening. The distillery certainly went all out…  More info

Brora 40 Year Old 1978 - 200th Anniversary Release
1
40 year old
$4,972.01

Tomintoul 40 Year Old Quadruple Cask

70cl, 43.1%
Tomintoul

40 year old single malt from the Tomintoul distillery! After evaluating a number of casks in the Tomintoul warehouse that were filled in 1974, master distiller Robert Fleming chose just four of casks…  More info

Tomintoul 40 Year Old Quadruple Cask
40 year old
$2,762.22

North Port Brechin 36 Year Old 1981 (cask 1708) - 30th Anniversary Gift Box (Signatory)

70cl, 57.2%
North Port

A rare whisky from the closed North Port distillery (it had many names over the years, with North Port and Brechin among the most well known). This one is 36 years old, distilled in November 1981 and…  More info

North Port Brechin 36 Year Old 1981 (cask 1708) - 30th Anniversary Gift Box (Signatory)
1981 vintage
$1,408.74

Glencraig 40 Year Old 1976 (cask 4253) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)

70cl, 42.6%
Glenburgie

When you see a whisky carrying the Glencraig name, it's time to sit up and take notice. The unusual Lomond still at Glenburgie Distillery used to make Glencraig was abandoned in 1981, because it was…  More info

Glencraig 40 Year Old 1976 (cask 4253) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)
40 year old
$1,243

Glenburgie 40 Year Old 1980 (cask 15090) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 40.8%
Glenburgie

Single cask single malt from the Glenburgie Distillery, matured for a massive 40 years! This expression was distilled in 1980, and set aside to age for four decades in a refill hogshead before being…  More info

Glenburgie 40 Year Old 1980 (cask 15090) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
40 year old
$806.57

Benrinnes 40 Year Old 1979 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 42.1%
Benrinnes

This incredible bottle of Benrinnes has seen a magnificent 40 years of ageing! It was distilled back in 1979, and left in a single cask for four whole decades. Eventually, Hunter Laing bottled the…  More info

Benrinnes 40 Year Old 1979 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
40 year old
$802.09

Port Ellen 40 Year Old - Untold Stories Series

70cl, 50.9%
Port Ellen

Another incredible expression from the Port Ellen Untold Stories Series, this time feature 40 year old (!) single malt from the legendary closed distillery on the south coast of Islay. This…  More info

Port Ellen 40 Year Old - Untold Stories Series
1
40 year old
$7,126.55

Caol Ila 40 Year Old - The Kinship (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 51.8%
Caol Ila

This Caol Ila has enjoyed quite the maturation, having been aged for a massive 40 years! It was independently bottled after four decades of rest by Hunter Laing as part of The Kinship range, and was…  More info

Caol Ila 40 Year Old - The Kinship (Hunter Laing)
40 year old
$1,664.93

Kinclaith 40 Year Old 1969 (cask 301445) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 47.3%
Kinclaith

Single malt whisky from Kinclaith is extremely rare and highly sought after. Built to provide malt whisky for the Long John blend, the distillery was only in operation for 18 years, between 1957 an…  More info

Kinclaith 40 Year Old 1969 (cask 301445) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
2
40 year old
$6,076.90

North Port Brechin 40 Year Old 1976 (cask 3887) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)

70cl, 50.4%
North Port

A very rare release of single malt Scotch whisky from North Port-Brechin (the distillery had various named during its lifetime, two most notably North Port and Brechin), which closed in 1983 and was…  More info

North Port Brechin 40 Year Old 1976 (cask 3887) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)
40 year old
$1,823.07

Bunnahabhain 40 Year Old

70cl, 41.9%
Bunnahabhain

Looking for some properly old Islay single malt? Yeah, you've found it here. This is 40 year old single malt from the Bunnahabhain distillery. Well-known for being a source of unpeated whisky from…  More info

Bunnahabhain 40 Year Old
40 year old
$1,878.27

Highland Park 40 Year Old - Spring 2019 Release

70cl, 43.2%
Highland Park

Highland Park vintages from years long passed are something of a treat, and this exceptionally impressive Orkney single malt has witnessed a smashing 40 years of maturation! That's right, four whole…  More info

Highland Park 40 Year Old - Spring 2019 Release
1
40 year old
$3,314.68

Glenfarclas 40 Year Old Decanter

70cl, 46%
Glenfarclas

A very handsome bottling of 40 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the ever-excellent Glenfarclas Distillery. This one is presented in a bottle that shows of the whisky's rich hue, and it comes…  More info

Glenfarclas 40 Year Old Decanter
40 year old
$5,518.93

Fettercairn 40 Year Old

70cl, 48.9%
Fettercairn

In mid-2018, the Fettercairn distillery relaunched its core range of single malt Scotch whisky, which included this fantastic 40 year old expression (as well as a 12 year old, a 28 year old and a 50…  More info

Fettercairn 40 Year Old
1
40 year old
$3,418.30
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The Macallan 18 Year Old 1981

70cl, 43%
The Macallan

You could win a bottle of Macallan 25 Year Old Sherry Oak in our latest competition! Take a look at the blog to find out how...* Well-Sherried single malt from Macallan, distilled in 1981 and…  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1981
1981 vintage
$4,414.05

Johnnie Walker 40 Year Old Master's Ruby Reserve

70cl, 43%
Johnnie Walker

How do you celebrate 40 years of dedication to the world of whisky? With a phenomenal 40 year old whisky, of course! Johnnie Walker 40 Year Old Master's Ruby Reserve was made to honour master blender…  More info

Johnnie Walker 40 Year Old Master's Ruby Reserve
1
40 year old
$16,020.92

Spica 40 Year Old 1980 - North Star Spirits

70cl, 44.8%
North Star Spirits

Another wonderful edition of Spica from North Star Spirits, this one is an impressive 40 Year Old! The third edition in the series, the blend was distilled in 1980 and aged for four whole decades.…  More info

Spica 40 Year Old 1980 - North Star Spirits

Caol Ila 34 Year Old 1981 - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 59%
Caol Ila

Islay - home to various gorgeous coastal views, picturesque villages and incredible distilleries, like the fantastic Caol Ila! This is a 34 year old Caol Ila, distilled in 1981 and matured in a…  More info

Caol Ila 34 Year Old 1981 - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)
1
1981 vintage

Crabbie 40 Year Old

70cl, 44.5%
John Crabbie & Co.

This 40 Year Old from Crabbie was produced at a mystery Speyside distillery and is the oldest release from the Edinburgh-based crew to date. Just 350 individually numbered decanters were released…  More info

Crabbie 40 Year Old

Glenfarclas 40 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Glenfarclas

A much adored expression here - 40 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the legendary Glenfarclas, offering up generous helpings of Sherried notes that the distillery are famous for. Bottled at…  More info

Glenfarclas 40 Year Old
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Girvan 40 Year Old 1979 (cask 13338) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.8%
Girvan

Single cask single grain from the Girvan Distillery, independently bottled by Douglas Laing for the Xtra Old Particular range. It was distilled in May 1979 and left to age in a single refill hogshead…  More info

Girvan 40 Year Old 1979 (cask 13338) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Karuizawa 35 Year Old 1981 (cask 6412) - Fazzino

70cl, 57.7%
Karuizawa

A stunning bottling of incredibly rare Japanese single malt whisky from the Karuizawa Distillery. The whisky was aged in a single sherry butt for 35 years, before being bottled with an outturn of 505…  More info

Karuizawa 35 Year Old 1981 (cask 6412) - Fazzino
1981 vintage

Bunnahabhain 40 Year Old 1978 (cask 2587) - 30th Anniversary Gift Box (Signatory)

70cl, 47.8%
Bunnahabhain

This is one of a host of exciting bottlings from Signatory, released as part of its 30th anniversary festivities. This one is a Bunnahabhain single malt distilled in April 1978, which was matured in…  More info

Bunnahabhain 40 Year Old 1978 (cask 2587) - 30th Anniversary Gift Box (Signatory)

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