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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.).

Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old 1979 (cask 11890) - First Cask

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

Distilled at Bunnahabhain on 31st October 1979, this single malt Scotch whisky from the Isle of Islay was aged for 25 years before being bottled for Direct Wines' First Cask series. This bottle…  More info

Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old 1979 (cask 11890) - First Cask
1979 vintage
$326.04

Mosstowie 38 Year Old 1979 (cask 14575) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 43.4%
Miltonduff

Mosstowie single malts are fascinating little rascals, distilled by Miltonduff in their short-lived Lomond still experiments. This is an indie bottling of 38 year old Mosstowie, distilled in June…  More info

Mosstowie 38 Year Old 1979 (cask 14575) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
1979 vintage
$480.55

Glenturret 1977 (bottled 2017) (cask 17044) - Malts of Scotland

70cl, 43.9%
Glenturret

Long-aged single malt from the Glenturret distillery, independently bottled by Malts of Scotland. This was distilled all the way back in 1977 and aged in a bourbon hogshead until 2017, with it was…  More info

Glenturret 1977 (bottled 2017) (cask 17044) - Malts of Scotland
40 year old
$523.12

SMWS 102.9 14 Year Old 1979

70cl, 53.4%
Dalwhinnie

14 year old single malt from the Dalwhinnie distillery, independently bottled by the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. This was distilled in December 1979 and bottled in January 1994 at cask strength.…  More info

SMWS 102.9 14 Year Old 1979
1979 vintage
$537.96

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
$815.09
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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
$864.00
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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
$864.00
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Lagavulin 24 Year Old 1979 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%
Lagavulin

A rare vintage bottle of Lagavulin, distilled in 1979 and then matured for 24 years in oak casks before being bottled by Murray McDavid for the Mission series in 2003. The bottle has been signed by…  More info

Lagavulin 24 Year Old 1979 - Mission (Murray McDavid)
1979 vintage
$1,086.79

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
$1,298.71

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
$1,301.54

Port Ellen 32 Year Old 1979 - Old & Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.8%
Port Ellen

A sublime single cask bottling from the revered Port Ellen Distillery. This 1979 vintage Islay single malt Scotch whisky was matured in a single refill sherry butt for 32 years before it was bottled…  More info

Port Ellen 32 Year Old 1979 - Old & Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)
1979 vintage
$1,624.75

Benromach 40 Year Old 1978

70cl, 56.3%
Benromach

Superbly sherried single malt from Benromach, matured in a single cask for a massive 40 years! This expression was distilled back in 1978 and filled into a refill sherry hogshead, where it slumbered…  More info

Benromach 40 Year Old 1978
1
40 year old
$1,630.19

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
$1,635.63

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
$1,901.88

Port Ellen 29 Year Old 1978 - 8th Release (2008 Special Release)

70cl, 55.3%
Port Ellen

From Diageo's 2008 Special Releases comes a 29 year old single malt from the legendary Port Ellen distillery, which was distilled in 1978. It was drawn from American and European oak casks and…  More info

Port Ellen 29 Year Old 1978 - 8th Release (2008 Special Release)
1979 vintage
$1,901.88
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Port Ellen 28 Year Old 1979 - 7th Release (2007 Special Release)

70cl, 53.7%
Port Ellen

This is the 7th annual release from the legendary Port Ellen, unveiled as part of Diageo's 2007 Special Releases. It's a limited edition bottling that was distilled in 1979 and matured for 28 years…  More info

Port Ellen 28 Year Old 1979 - 7th Release (2007 Special Release)
1979 vintage
$2,168.15

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
$2,168.15

SMWS 1.127 40 Year Old 1965

70cl, 55.5%
Glenfarclas

This is a SMWS bottling of 40 year old Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky, distilled back in 1965 and bottled in 2005. This one was given the name "Bubblegum in the Boudoir", as a hint to its…  More info

SMWS 1.127 40 Year Old 1965
40 year old
$2,168.15

Highland Park 40 Year Old (47.5%)

70cl, 47.5%
Highland Park

The highly-regarded Highland Park on Orkney is one of the few distilleries that are able to have a 40 year old expression in their core range - quite a thing to boast about, we're sure you'll agree!…  More info

Highland Park 40 Year Old (47.5%)
40 year old
$2,603.08

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
$2,608.30

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
$2,716.97

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
$2,928.90

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
$2,988.68
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Glenfiddich 40 Year Old - Rare Collection (Release Number 15)

70cl, 47.8%
Glenfiddich

It's the 15th release of Glenfiddich's 40 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky. Released annually, these bottlings are made with remnant vatting, where a portion of the previous 40 year old vatting is…  More info

Glenfiddich 40 Year Old - Rare Collection (Release Number 15)
40 year old
$3,037.59

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
$3,260.38

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