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A long-forgotten cache of 40-year-old whisky

  • 18 December 2012

Rummage through your basement, there’s no telling what you’ll find.

The master distiller at Bunnahabhain did just that — but instead of unused barbells, he found a long-forgotten batch of delicious, 40-year-old whisky.

And now you can have a taste.

Introducing Bunnahabhain’s 40-year, a one-off release from the ancient Scottish distillery — the only distillery in the area, by the way, that produces non-peated (read: non-smoky) malts.

Basically, this is as smooth as scotch whisky gets.

Bunnahabhain’s 40-year has a strong, earthy nose and hints of spice and vanilla. There’s some chocolate. Some caramel. The faintest tickle of ginger.

And the 40-year-old comes in a bottle with a label illustrated by Gaelic illustrator Iain McIntosh, tucked in a handcrafted oak gift box with a secret compartment, each individually numbered and hand-signed.

Like the best things in life, getting B’hain takes a bit of work. Only 750 bottles are available, and the 40-year won’t be released in the U.S. until March 1. But thanks to the Internet (and a modest shipping fee), you can order a bottle right now.

Because, as they say, life (and whisky) begins at 40.

The Specifics

Bunnahabhain

$3200

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