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Glengoyne, Forty Years Old (Scotland)
Glengoyne Forty Years old single malt is the oldest release from the Stirlingshire distillery and just 250 bottles are available. Maturation took place in an ex-sherry butt, and packaging is lavish, to say the least. If you fancy trying a nip, rather than spending a sum than could get you 125 bottles of Glengoyne 10-year-old, the Lake of Monteith Hotel in Perthshire (www.lake-hotel.com) is the only UK outlet selling the 40-year-old by the dram from its exclusive Malt Vault bar. However, the cost is 450 for the first one and 220 for any subsequent measures! Rich and slightly greasy on the nose; candlewax, sherry-soaked sultanas and raisins. Soft caramel. Full-bodied, smooth on the palate, with honey, fresh fruits, more caramel and a hint of smoke. Long, velvety and remarkably fresh and non-tannic in the fudgy finish. 45.9% ABV, 70cl, 3,750.00, specialist whisky merchants.

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