Ian Macleod launches two 40 Year Old expressions – 13/05/09

Glengoyne 40 Year Old

UK. For the first time in its 175-year history, Glengoyne Distillery is releasing its oldest, most valuable Highland Single Malt: the Glengoyne 40 Year Old.

The natural strength 40 Year Old Highland Single Malt is regarded by the distillery to be one of the finest whiskies it has ever produced.

Ian Macleod Distillers Marketing Director Iain Weir said: “This is a world class, once in a lifetime bottling. It was essential that the design and presentation of the Glengoyne 40 Year Old Highland Single Malt be a true reflection of its outstanding quality, and reinforces its position as one of the top luxury Limited Edition Single Malts available in the market today.

“The 40 Year Old Single Malt captures the pure essence of Glengoyne, from its heritage and craftsmanship through to its exceptional and unpeated “˜Real Taste of Malt’. It is a joy to open casks after four decades and find such great balance between malt and Still. It doesn’t get any better than this,” Weir added.

The 40 Year Old expression is contained in a hand-blown Glencairn Crystal decanter, each of which has an individual number engraved in the base, and is decorated by an etching of the Scottish distillery, reflecting up through the malt itself.

The decanter is housed in a lacquered, piano-finished, solid oak wood presentation box, complete with gold plates on the front and hand-stitched cream leather interior.

An accompanying cream leather and gold foil traditionally bound book, signed by Distillery Manager Robbie Hughes, provides tasting notes and detailed background on Glengoyne’s history as an independent distillery since 1833.

Just 250 crystal decanters will be available from specialist whisky outlets and in travel retail worldwide, retailing at £3,000.

Springbank 40 Year Old

Ian Macleod Distillers is also launching a rare, limited-edition Springbank 40 Year Old from its Chieftain’s Single Malt Whisky collection.

Distilled in 1968 at the Springbank Distillery, Campbeltown, only 398 bottles of the natural strength, unchill-filtered whisky will be available.

It is the last, oldest and the best Springbank cask available from the current Chieftain’s collection, says the distiller.

The bottle is presented in a silver leather-lined, solid oak box. Two silver plaques on the front display all the individual bottle details, as does the certificate of authenticity scroll, personally signed by Antony McCallum-Caron, Chieftain’s Rare Malt Manager.

The limited-edition release of 398 bottles is available globally in travel retail at an RRP of £800. Commenting on the release Iain Weir said: “Chieftain’s Springbank 40 Year Old is a truly rare and exceptional whisky which we are incredibly proud to include in our collection.

“The combination of age and the limited release of 398 bottles mean this will be a real collector’s item, with its unparalleled quality making it a joy to drink.”


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