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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.).

Tamnavulin 22 Year Old 1978 (cask 8068) - Signatory

70cl, 58.2%
Tamnavulin

22 year old Tamnavulin single malt, bottled by Signatory! This one was distilled in November 1978 and left to age in an Oloroso sherry butt until February 2001, when it was bottled at cask strength…  More info

Tamnavulin 22 Year Old 1978 (cask 8068) - Signatory
1978 vintage
$520.68

The XL Blend - Batch 1

70cl, 46.3%
The Blended Whisky Company

Estimated despatch 21 December The XL Blend from The Blended Whisky Company is crafted exclusively using whiskies aged for at least 40 years. Hence the name - XL means 40 in Roman numerals. It's…  More info

The XL Blend - Batch 1
40 year old
$571.72

The Cally 40 Year Old 1974 (Special Release 2015)

70cl, 53.3%
Caledonian

A single grain whisky in the Special Releases! The first since 2011's Port Dundas and only the second ever as far as we can remember. Caledonian grain distillery in Edinburgh closed in 1988 and is…  More info

The Cally 40 Year Old 1974 (Special Release 2015)
40 year old
$810.73
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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
40 year old
$827.97

Cambus 40 Year Old 1975 (Special Release 2016)

70cl, 52.7%
Cambus

Following last year's Cally 40 Year Old, it's now Cambus' turn to provide a well-aged official bottling of single grain for the Special Releases. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this is also the oldest ever…  More info

Cambus 40 Year Old 1975 (Special Release 2016)
1
40 year old
$827.97
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Tomatin 40 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Tomatin

Single malt from the Tomatin distillery, matured for an impressive 40 years before being bottled at 43% ABV. Spending decades in Oloroso sherry casks has imparted bountiful dark fruit notes and…  More info

Tomatin 40 Year Old
40 year old
$1,037.26

Glenglassaugh 38 Year Old 1978 (cask 2343) - Rare Cask Release Batch 3

70cl, 42.5%
Glenglassaugh

38 year old single malt from Glenglassaugh, presented as part of their Rare Cask Release Batch 3 - which featured only whiskies aged over 30 years! This single malt was distilled in October 1978 and…  More info

Glenglassaugh 38 Year Old 1978 (cask 2343) - Rare Cask Release Batch 3
1978 vintage
$1,197.69

Glenglassaugh 40 Year Old

70cl, 42.5%
Glenglassaugh

Introduced to the Glenglassaugh core range in 2013, the 40 year old single malt from the distillery in Portsoy is specially selected by Master Distiller Billy Walker and exemplifies the tremendous…  More info

Glenglassaugh 40 Year Old
40 year old
$1,247.27

Glenglassaugh 40 Year Old 1975 (cask 3171) - Rare Cask Release Batch 2

70cl, 40.2%
Glenglassaugh

A 40 year old whisky from a distillery that was closed for nineteen years before 2005. Hand selected by Master Blender Billy Walker, this Glenglassaugh Rare Cask release was finished in a single…  More info

Glenglassaugh 40 Year Old 1975 (cask 3171) - Rare Cask Release Batch 2
40 year old
$1,620.24

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
$1,822.58

Port Ellen 24 Year Old 1978 - 2nd Release (2002 Special Release)

70cl, 59.4%
Port Ellen

The second bottling in Diageo's series of Port Ellens for their annual Special Releases. A rare and sought after whisky from a legendary distillery that stopped producing back in 1983. This bottle…  More info

Port Ellen 24 Year Old 1978 - 2nd Release (2002 Special Release)
1978 vintage
$2,077.74

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1978 - 6th Release (2006 Special Release)

70cl, 54.2%
Port Ellen

A rather rare bottling of 27 year old, 1978 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from the legendary (and sadly closed) Port Ellen distillery on Islay. This was released in 2006 as part of Diageo's 6th…  More info

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1978 - 6th Release (2006 Special Release)
1978 vintage
$2,343.32

Ladyburn 40 Year Old 1974 (cask 74) - Private Cask Collection (William Grant & Sons)

70cl, 48.6%
Ladyburn

It's incredibly rare to see a bottling of Ladyburn single malt Scotch whisky, seeing as the distillery was closed in 1975 after only being founded on the Girvan grain distillery site nine years…  More info

Ladyburn 40 Year Old 1974 (cask 74) - Private Cask Collection (William Grant & Sons)
2
40 year old
$2,499.54

Talisker Bodega Series 40 Year Old

70cl, 50%
Talisker

Well, well, well... What do we have here? Only an exceptionally exciting release from Island distillery Talisker made all the more marvellous because it's the first in a series that forms an…  More info

Talisker Bodega Series 40 Year Old
40 year old
$2,864.06

Glenfiddich 40 Year Old - Rare Collection (Release Number 13)

70cl, 46.2%
Glenfiddich

The 13th release of 40 year old single malt from the Glenfiddich distillery. Interestingly, Glenfiddich use remnant vatting to create their 40 year old expressions - the Malt Master selects casks and…  More info

Glenfiddich 40 Year Old - Rare Collection (Release Number 13)
40 year old
$2,864.06

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1978

75cl, 43%
The Macallan

Rare single malt from Macallan, produced many moons ago. This 18 year old expression was distilled back in 1978, matured in sherry casks and bottled in 1996. Highly collectible. This bottle was…  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1978
1978 vintage
$3,119.21

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
40 year old
$3,124.43

Littlemill 40 Year Old Celestial Edition

70cl, 46.8%
Littlemill

Though the Littlemill distillery is no longer a thing, the whiskies produced at this Lowland distillery continue to sneak out to whisky enthusiasts - and this is a big one. This is a 40 year old old…  More info

Littlemill 40 Year Old Celestial Edition
40 year old
$6,236.35
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Dalmore 40 Year Old (bottled 2017)

70cl, 42%
Dalmore

A 2017 bottling of Dalmore 40 Year Old, presented in a Baccarat decanter. This was initially aged in American oak bourbon barrels before being transferred over to Matusalem Oloroso Sherry butts for…  More info

Dalmore 40 Year Old (bottled 2017)
2
40 year old
$6,509.21
$6,352.99

North British 32 Year Old 1978 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.3%
North British

This single cask grain whisky was distilled at North British in August of 1978. It was aged for 32 years before Duncan Taylor bottled it in March 2011. Just 91 bottles!  More info

North British 32 Year Old 1978 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)
1978 vintage

Glenlossie 1978 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Glenlossie

Distilled at Glenlossie in 1978, aged in refill sherry hogsheads and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail in 2007.  More info

Glenlossie 1978 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
1978 vintage

Cameronbridge 1978 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.6%
Cameron Bridge

From Duncan Taylor's Octave cask range. This single grain was distilled at Cameronbridge in 1978 and matured in a standard cask before a three month "sherry invigoration" in an octave cask. This has…  More info

Cameronbridge 1978 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
1978 vintage

Port Dundas 33 Year Old 1978 - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.2%
Port Dundas

Port Dundas is a renowned, and closed, Glaswegian distillery that produced excellent grain whisky from 1811 through to its closure in 2010. This bottling is a chance to taste some of this phenomenal…  More info

Port Dundas 33 Year Old 1978 - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)
1978 vintage

North British 33 Year Old 1978 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.8%
North British

A 33 year old, 1978 single cask grain whisky from North British. It was finished in a small Octave cask and was bottled by Duncan Taylor. Great stuff.  More info

North British 33 Year Old 1978 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
1978 vintage

North British 30 Year Old 1978 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 55.2%
North British

Single cask grain whisky from North British. This was distilled in August of 1978 and matured for 30 years in cask number 38472 before bottling in March of 2009 by Duncan Taylor for their Rare Auld…  More info

North British 30 Year Old 1978 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)
1978 vintage

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