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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.).

Girvan 40 Year Old 1979 (cask 16637) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 51.2%
Girvan

A Hunter Laing bottling of 40 year old single grain from Girvan Distillery, drawn from a single refill hogshead and bottled as part of The Sovereign range at cask strength 51.2% ABV without any…  More info

Girvan 40 Year Old 1979 (cask 16637) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)
1979 vintage
$229.63

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)
1979 vintage
$240.26

Port Dundas 40 Year Old 1978 (cask 12988) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 58.7%
Port Dundas

Part of Douglas Laing's fabulous Xtra Old Particular series comes this 40 year old single grain Scotch whisky from Port Dundas. It was distilled way back in January 1978, and it spent the following…  More info

Port Dundas 40 Year Old 1978 (cask 12988) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
40 year old
$393.43

The Perspective Series 40 Year Old - Berry Bros. & Rudd

70cl, 40.1%
Berry Brothers and Rudd

This blended Scotch whisky is the only peated expression in Berry Bros. & Rudd's range combining whisky and photography, The Perspective Series. It's an impressive 40 year old blend, with the…  More info

The Perspective Series 40 Year Old - Berry Bros. & Rudd
40 year old
$478.50

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
$965.28

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
$1,273.45
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SMWS 1.126 40 Year Old 1965

70cl, 57.6%
Glenfarclas

40 year old single malt from the Glenfarclas distillery, bottled by the SMWS! This one was distilled back in 1965 and bottled in 2005, boasting the title "Old but Muscular", which could also be…  More info

SMWS 1.126 40 Year Old 1965
40 year old
$2,121.35
$1,483.35

Jura 40 Year Old 1976 (cask 12264) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.1%
Isle of Jura

After four decades of maturation, this single malt Scotch whisky from the Jura distillery was deemed worthy of joining Douglas Laing's Xtra Old particular bottling range! It was distilled in December…  More info

Jura 40 Year Old 1976 (cask 12264) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
40 year old
$1,589.68

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

70cl, 44.9%
Caol Ila

A rather special Caol Ila, bottled by Hunter Laing for The 2019 Kinship collection, released to celebrate the opening of the bottler's Ardnahoe Distillery on Islay. The single malt was aged in a…  More info

Caol Ila 40 Year Old - The Kinship (Hunter Laing)
40 year old
$1,701.33

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
$1,754.50

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
$2,552

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1979

75cl, 43%
The Macallan

A 1979 vintage single malt from Macallan's extensive series of 18 year old expressions matured in sherry casks. These bottlings have become very sought after over the years, and would make for a fine…  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1979
1979 vintage
$2,653.02

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
$2,658.33

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
40 year old
$3,108.07

Port Ellen 37 Year Old 1979 - 17th Release (Special Release 2017)

70cl, 51%
Port Ellen

Well, well, well. It wouldn't be Diageo Special Releases without a Port Ellen expression, and this one really is rather lovely. Diageo's done the sums, and this is the oldest Port Ellen ever released…  More info

Port Ellen 37 Year Old 1979 - 17th Release (Special Release 2017)
1
1979 vintage
$3,126.12
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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
$3,289.73

The Balvenie 40 Year Old

70cl, 48.5%
Balvenie

40 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Balvenie distillery in Speyside. A stunning balance is met between traditional whisky cask and Sherry cask malts making this superbly aged expression…  More info

The Balvenie 40 Year Old
2
40 year old
$3,695.08
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The Macallan 18 Year Old 1979 Gran Reserva

70cl, 40%
The Macallan

This here is a highly collectible and sought after 1979 Macallan, part of the Gran Reserva series, a series of bottling released between 1997 and 2002 to showcase the superb sherried deliciousness…  More info

The Macallan 18 Year Old 1979 Gran Reserva
1979 vintage
$3,721.67

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
$4,120.42

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
$6,367.24

Dalmore 40 Year Old (2018 Release)

70cl, 42%
Dalmore

A superb single malt from Dalmore in the Highlands, matured for a massive 40 years! Yes, this expression endured four whole decades of maturation, taking place in American oak bourbon barrels,…  More info

Dalmore 40 Year Old (2018 Release)
40 year old
$7,163.15

Glen Mhor 1979 - Cask Strength (Gordon and MacPhail)

35cl, 66.7%
Glen Mhor

Distilled at the now silent Glen Mhor in 1979 and bottled in July 1995 at a thunderous cask strength.  More info

Glen Mhor 1979 - Cask Strength (Gordon and MacPhail)
1979 vintage

Carsebridge 30 Year Old 1979 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 48.8%
Carsebridge

Single grain bottled by Duncan Taylor. This was distilled at Carsebridge in March 1979 and matured for 30 years in cask number 33043 before bottling at natural cask strength in March 2010. A release…  More info

Carsebridge 30 Year Old 1979 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)
1979 vintage

North British 30 Year Old 1979 - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.2%
North British

A single cask, cask strength single grain from Douglas Laing's The Clan Denny range. This was distilled in 1979 and matured for 30 years in refill butt number 5557.  More info

North British 30 Year Old 1979 - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)
1
1979 vintage

Cameronbridge 30 Year Old 1979 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 51.3%
Cameron Bridge

Single cask grain whisky distilled at Cameronbridge in February 1979, matured in cask number 3585 for 30 years before bottling in April of 2009 by Duncan Taylor. A release of 206 cask strength…  More info

Cameronbridge 30 Year Old 1979 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)
1979 vintage

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