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Tobermory 42YO Ledaig single malt released

Burn Stewart Distillers, part of the Distell Group, has released Ledaig Dùsgadh 42YO, a rare, robust and smoky single malt whisky, to key international markets . 

Dùsgadh means ‘awakening’ in Scot’s Gaelic. The whisky is so-named to reflect its long, dormant period of maturation. This is the rarest and oldest Ledaig to be released and the next 40YO Ledaig single malt will not be available until 2036.

The story of handcrafted Ledaig 42YO begins on the Isle of Mull at the Tobermory Distillery, the only distillery on the island and among the oldest commercial distilleries in Scotland. Despite the decades the liquid has spent maturing, this unchilfiltered single malt has retained all of its deep, peaty intensity.

The luxurious packaging which houses whisky has been inspired by the copper from the retired stills, which released the first spirit in 1972 and has finally reached the end of its distilling life. The aged copper has been used as part of the packaging to celebrate this milestone.

As an appreciation of our customer’s commitment to Ledaig, each box of Ledaig 42YO contains a handcrafted copper card, which entitles the buyer to inherit a bottle of Ledaig 10YO from the last distillate from the now retired stills, which will be available in 2025.

Master distiller at Burn Stewart Distillers, Ian MacMillan says: “I’ve been distilling for almost 40 years and the smoky aroma retained in Ledaig 42YO is the highest I have ever come across in a 40YO island whisky. It’s the intricate and unusual process that has allowed this liquid to keep its strong, peaty characteristic. Under close supervision and moving homes, this liquid has been allowed to develop into a truly unique malt.

“The precious copper that released the first spirit in 1972 has reached the end of its distilling life and has produced exceptional vintage malt, which I am looking forward to sharing with an exclusive group of whisky lovers across the globe.”

Burn Stewart Distillers will release only 500 bottles across select international territories including the UK, North America and Asia. The RRP for Ledaig 42YO, 70cl and 75cl bottles is £3,500 and this includes the 10YO bottle buyers will receive in 2025.

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May 14, 2015: Le Clos, the fine wine and luxury spirits retailer at Dubai International, has announced it is the first in the world to offer the rare Ledaig 42 Year Old.

4 May 2015 - Felicity Murray The Drinks Report, editor