Scotch By Nino Marchetti / January 23, 2018 Luxury Scotch whisky label The Macallan has among its various ranges the highly collectible and usually quite expensive Fine & Rare Collection. Now 15 years in since it first launched, over 50 individual vintage releases have been floated over time. The latest of these has just been debuted, the 1977.The Macallan 1977 Fine & Rare expression, according to those behind it, was laid down in one particular ex-sherry hogshead on September 26, 1977. It then was at rest for some 40 years before being cracked open for bottling at 48.5% ABV.“The release of the 1977 Fine & Rare vintage adds an outstanding whisky to this collection of unique and mature expressions of The Macallan,” said The Macallan’s Master Distiller, Nick Savage, in a prepared statement. “The full, rich, classic Macallan body holds the supporting characters of sweet apples & vanillas, to give an all-encompassing whisky. A hint of peat in the background draws inspiration from The Macallan heritage, balanced with maturation in a smaller hogshead cask for a rich, yet delicate experience. The 1977 Fine & Rare vintage has reached its gentle maturity over 40 years and represents the classic Macallan style.”Plans call for this release to be priced around $15,000, with only 4 bottles being made available in the US market out of 151 total. You’ll find tasting notes below for your consideration from the distillery.Nose: Classic aromas of rounded citrus fruit and lemon zest, sweet apples and vanilla. Toasted oak delivers delicate wood smoke in the background.Palate: Wood spice, sweet citrus and soft peat. Soft yet intense.Finish: Lingering notes of fruit and resinous oak afford a long finish.