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Luxury packaging befitting 40 year old malts

Ian Macleod Distillers has released two rare, limited edition 40 year old single malts – one from its Glenoyne Distillery and the other from its Springbank Distillery. Both are presented in suitably extravagant packs

The Glengoyne 40 Years Old Single Malt

Glengoyne Distillery has bottled its oldest Scotch whisky in a hand-blown crystal decanter with gold engraving by Glencairn Crystal that makes a feature of the malt’s dark copper colour. The number of each bottle is engraved on the base, along with an etching of the distillery that reflects up through the malt. 

The 11 times lacquered piano-finished solid oak wood presentation box, complete with gold plates on the front and hand-stitched cream leather interior, reinforces the quality and showcases the rich, natural colour of the malt.  An accompanying cream leather and gold foil traditionally bound book, personally signed by distillery manager, Robbie Hughes, provides tasting notes and detailed background on Glengoyne’s history as an independent distillery since 1833.
Iain Weir, marketing director for Ian Macleod Distillers, brand owners of Glengoyne commented: “This is a world class, once in a lifetime bottling. It was essential that the design and presentation of the Glengoyne 40 Years Old Highland Single Malt be a true reflection of its outstanding quality and reinforce its position as one of the top luxury limited edition single malts available in the market today.”

From August just 250 decanters of this malt from Glengoyne’s rare whisky reserves will be available from specialist whisky outlets worldwide at a RRP of £3,750.

Stylish diamond display plinths, designed to complement the bottle design and create maximum standout, will also be used to showcase the Glengoyne 40 Years Old in international luxury outlets.

With a nose of red apples, crème brulee and strawberries and cream, the Glengoyne 40 Years Old offers a complex and oily mouth feel of ripe bananas, spiced plums, honey and cereal, before drying into grapefruit and soft oak, with a long and lingering dry finish.

Springbank 40 Years Old Single Malt

Distilled in 1968 at the Springbank Distillery, Campbeltown, only 398 bottles of this exceptional natural strength, natural colour and unchill-filtered whisky are available. It is the last, oldest and the best Springbank cask available from the current Chieftain’s collection.

The hand-crafted presentation of the Chieftain’s Springbank 40 Years Old is reflects the quality and rarity of this single malt. Sleek and masculine, the bottle rests in a silver leather lined, piano finished, solid oak box which has been stained black and lacquered 11 times, to enhance the natural wood grain. Two silver plaques on the front of the box display all the individual bottle details, as does the certificate of authenticity scroll, personally signed by Antony McCallum-Caron, Chieftain’s Rare Malt Manager.

A neck tag, hung on a silver chain has detailed tasting notes on this first fill sherry cask: a deep, rich gold colour, with a nose that hints of melon, ginger and light toffee, the palate is spicy, rich cedar wood mixed with herbal undertones and a long, powerful finish.

The limited edition release of 398 bottles will be available from July at an RRP of £1,000

1 June 2009 - Felicity Murray