The Glen Scotia Distillery recently unveiled its oldest and rarest expression to date, a 46-year-old single malt Scotch whisky with only 150 individually-numbered bottles coming to market.
It was originally put in refill bourbon casks and matured for 36 years before being re-casked in first-fill bourbon casks in 2011. The liquid was then finished four more years in Oloroso sherry butts, giving the whisky a velvet-like finish.
The distiller’s notes show the whisky to have notes of tropical fruits with creamy, subtle maritime nuances that make up Glen Scotia’s signature profile.
A statement from the distiller noted that this rare whisky exists to pay homage to a special time in Glen Scotia’s history while celebrating the craftsmanship of a different era.
In the winter of 1974, the Glen Scotia distillery team finished their last production during a four-year investment program that brought opportunity and optimism in the town. Those final years marked the end of a chapter defined by tradition and craftsmanship, and it was these final casks that matured patiently under the care of distillery managers until now.
The 46-year-old whisky comes in a handmade oak display case, where inside an oak tile rests beneath the bottle holding a plaque that includes the individual bottle number and tasting notes.
In partnership with glassmaker Glencairn, each bottle is etched and a gold metallic coin bears the traditional Glen Scotia knot. A heavy metal stopper completes the presentation.
The limited release is bottled at 41.7% ABV and has a suggested retail price of £6,750 per 70cl bottle.
To mark the release, Glen Scotia partnered with whisky expert Dave Broom to present the tale of this rare expression in a short new film, shot at the distillery’s dunnage with Master Distiller Iain McAlister, delving into the history of the expression and its roots in Campbeltown. You can watch the film here.
Broom said this rare whisky is a “remarkable liquid, more than just age, it is a time capsule that tells you about how Campbeltown and Glen Scotia have changed over the years.”
He said the whisky has the tropical fruit funkiness, which comes from long aging in refill casks, “evidence of that original intention of using it while young, filled with those Glen Scotia oils and salinity. The subtle, sweet, toffee elements mid-palate reflect the change in direction when mature, elegant single malts were desired, while the rich sultana like fruit harks back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries when sherry casks were the preferred choice for Campbeltown’s whiskies.”
Master Distiller Iain McAlister noted, “It’s wonderful to contemplate that we have inherited these last remnants from those who have helped shape Glen Scotia’s journey and been part of our history. The release of the Glen Scotia 46-year-old is a toast and a thank you to the craft of all those who have come before us.”
For more information or to find out how to get a bottle, go here.
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