Iconic Scotch Distilleries Recently Released Some Rare Aged Whisky Collections

By Hannah Kanik / February 4, 2021

Three top Scotch distilleries, including The Glenlivet, Aberlour and Scapa, recently released rare aged collections. These are all out of the Chivas Brothers single malt portfolio: The Glenlivet Cellar Collection, The Aberlour Cellar Collection and the Scapa Single Cask Vintage Editions.

All the collections feature some of the oldest whiskies released from these distilleries for the first time ever. With just over 600 bottles available across the three distilleries, these expressions are being seen as one offs that, once they are gone, they are gone forever.

The Glenlivet Cellar Collection

The Glenlivet Cellar Collection (image via Chivas Brothers)

“We recognize it hasn’t been easy for Scotch enthusiasts to travel to our distilleries in Speyside and Orkney,” Miriam Eceolaza, marketing director for malts at Chivas Brothers said, in a prepared statement. “We’re so pleased that we’re now able to give Scotch whisky fans the opportunity to order some of the most exceptionally rare aged malts from our portfolio straight to their door.

These collections are some of the oldest that have ever been bottled and released by The Glenlivet, Scapa and AberlourThe exclusivity of these expressions is unlike anything we have ever released before, and we hope our fans relish the opportunity to taste real history with these delicious collections.”   

The Glenlivet Cellar Collection includes the oldest and most limited expressions of the iconic original Speyside single malt — the youngest of which was aged for 30 years. The full line up includes 30 year old, a 33-year-old, a 38-year-old and a 40-year-old — all bottled at cask-strength and are non-chill filtered. 

The Aberlour Cellar Collection is a first for the distillery, honoring the single malt with a very limited number of expressions that are amongst the oldest released by Aberlour: the 39 and 44-year-old. 

Aberlour 44 is the oldest release to be bottled by Aberlour, with just 42 bottles available. 

The Scapa Single Cask Vintage Editions are the most rate single malts released by the distillery, consisting of a 29-year-old, 41 year old and 42 year old – with a run of just 102 bottles available across all ages. 

The whiskies are the first new bottlings from Scapa in over four years. They were all distilled and filled into single casks between 1977 and 1990, aged in the finest American Oak barrels.