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Macallan 1979 joins Fine and Rare series

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Macallan has added a 40-year-old 1979 vintage to its Fine and Rare collection, priced at £11,100 per bottle.

Macallan 1979 Fine and Rare
Fine and Rare: Macallan 1979 has been bottled at 40 years of age

Said to contain notes of ‘gentle peat smoke, oak spice and warning ginger’, the whisky has been matured in a single ex-Sherry puncheon before being bottled at a cask strength of 57.2% abv.

The whisky joins Macallan’s Fine and Rare collection of limited edition premium whiskies, said to portray ‘the very best array’ of malts the Speyside distillery has to offer.

Jaume Ferras, prestige marketing director for Macallan, said: ‘This expression delivers an insight into the long-standing heritage of our brand.

‘It is a reflection of the time in which it was distilled – an era of global progression, and an age where our award-winning single malt was also growing and developing.’

The year the whisky was distilled was the same in which Peter Shiach was appointed as the company’s new chairman, a man whose influence is said to be ‘still evident in the brand today’.

The equivalent of 338 standard 70cl bottles are available for purchase worldwide in 75cl and 70cl sizes – the latter priced at £10,300 per decanter.

An unspecified number of 5cl tasting samples are also available in some international markets, priced at £750 each.

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