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Aberfeldy gives visitors chance to hand-bottle historic whisky

Aberfeldy Distillery has announced the release of its oldest ever whisky - and the first to be made available in a series of three single-cask editions.

The Aberfeldy 40 Years Old has been ageing in American oak ex-Bourbon hogsheads since August 1978. The first to be released will be cask #5029, followed by cask #5030 and finally cask #5031.

As part of a special distillery tour experience, purchasers of the exclusive whisky will be given the chance to fill their own bottles by hand directly from the casks.

It was Stephanie Macleod, Aberfeldy's master distiller, who uncovered three single casks all described as having "remarkable" qualities.

"To find one cask at this venerable age is extraordinary, but to find three is exceptional," she said. 

"The single cask is something that we at Aberfeldy bottle rarely. To have the honour of filling your very own bottle of our oldest and most exclusive whisky yet is a truly special opportunity."

On sale for £2,500 a bottle, Aberfeldy 40 Years Old will only be on sale at the distillery, on-site and via its new online shop at

Founded in 1898, Aberfeldy has been making single malts since its inception. It is now part of Bacardi's John Dewar and Sons portfolio.

4 February 2020 - Bethany Whymark