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The Aberlour Cellar Collection includes two new expressions / ©Chivas Brothers
The Aberlour Cellar Collection contains just two new releases, a 39 Year Old and 44 Year Old. Limited to 102 and 42 bottles, respectively (and priced accordingly), they are both likely to be coveted by collectors rather than drinkers.
Scapa, the least known of the three distilleries, has added three expressions to its Single Cask Vintage Collection, including an incredibly rare 1977 limited to just 12 bottles. The aged whisky has a complex nose filled with berries, honey and hints of coconut. The palate offers notes of sweet white grapes and tropical fruits followed by a gentle ginger nut finish.
Miriam Eceolaza, marketing director for malts at Chivas Brothers, commented: “It has been an incredibly challenging year, and we recognize it hasn’t been easy for Scotch enthusiasts to travel to our distilleries in Speyside and Orkney. We’re so pleased that we’re now able to give Scotch whisky fans the opportunity to order some of the most exceptionally rare aged malts from our portfolio straight to their door.
“These collections are some of the oldest that have ever been bottled and released by The Glenlivet, Scapa and Aberlour. The exclusivity of these expressions is unlike anything we have ever released before, and we hope our fans relish the opportunity to taste real history with these delicious collections.”
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Scapa is the least known of the three distilleries but remains coveted among collectors / ©Scapa
Also in the news: Whisky is Going Green
Chivas Brothers sparing you a trip to its distilleries is certainly a small step toward reducing the industry’s carbon emissions, but the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has much bigger ambitions. This week, the SWA, which represents all distilleries across Scotland, announced plans to reach net-zero emissions in its own operations by 2040. By 2025, all new product packaging will be reusable, recyclable and compostable, and all distilleries must be within a responsible water use range. The SWA has also committed to increasing its efforts in wider conservation and restoration initiatives across Scotland.
The Glenlivet Cellar Collection, 2020
The Glenlivet 30 Year Old – $1,230 (240 bottles)
The Glenlivet 33 Year Old – $2,500 (90 bottles)
The Glenlivet 38 Year Old – $8,900 (30 bottles)
The Glenlivet 40 Year Old – $12,300 (18 bottles)
Aberlour Cellar Collection, 2020
Aberlour 39 Year Old – $13,000 (102 bottles)
Aberlour 44 Year Old – $17,000 (42 bottles)
To buy, contact The Aberlour Visitor Center: +44 134 088 1249
Scapa Single Cask Vintage Editions, 2020
Scapa 1990 – $2,500 (60 bottles)
Scapa 1979 – $17,000 (30 bottles)
Scapa 1977 – $20,500 (12 bottles)
To buy, contact The Scapa Visitor Center: +44 185 687 3269
*Prices have been converted from GBP and are approximate.