First blended in 1983 as a Premium 12 Year Old for the USA, the balance after bottling was refilled into 11 ex-Oloroso Sherry Butts. After a further nine years of ageing, a small volume was siphoned off and bottled as a 21 Year Old Blend. What remained was refilled once more, this time into nine ex-American Oak Barrels. These nine casks were returned to an old traditional dunnage maturation warehouse where they lay for a further 24 years until we bottled the whisky, in its prime, at the grand age of 45 years.
The 1971 Blend can thus be classed as a ‘Triple Matured’ Blend which is probably unique for such an old whisky. You need only to taste one drop to be enveloped in the harmonious complexity of this exceptional whisky, and yet one drop is certainly not enough for this old blend to unveil all the rich flavours developed during its long, multi-faceted maturation.
Only 1,352 Bottles Exist!
This extraordinary whisky was initially blended from over 50 different Scotch whiskies in 1995 as a 30 year old, married in ex-bourbon casks. A small proportion was held back, however, and filled into seven Oloroso Sherry hogsheads that lay in a traditional Lowland warehouse for a further 20 years! The final outturn was 898 bottles and accompanying 50 ml miniatures, presented in a leather case with a certificate of bottling.
Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2017:
“Just mesmerically beautiful”
Awarded 97 points, a “superstar whisky”
2017 Scotch Blend of the Year
2017 Blend of the Year (26-50 Years)