1974 The Cally 40 Year Old (Special Release 2015) Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (700ml)

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1974 The Cally 40 Year Old (Special Release 2015) Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (700ml)

Edinburgh, SCOTLAND
$1,399.00 Bottle
  • ABV 53.3%

During the late 1980s, benchmark expressions of single malt whiskies from six distilleries became well known under the "Classic Malts" range. Interest in older and rarer malt whiskies in general also grew during this period. One result of this was a series of rarer releases begun in 1995, and which ended in 2005.
However, there remained a demand for unusual, distinctive, often older, unrepeatable cask strength bottlings. Such bottlings allowed collectors and enthusiasts to experience remaining older stocks, and/or unusual expressions of a distillery’s character. To satisfy this demand, Diageo's Special Release series was born in 2001, and the annual collection - with familiar names and some surprises - has been eagerly awaited by lovers of whisky ever since. 2015 is one of the more exciting portfolios to date. As usual, there's fantastic diversity of style and age, this year including some of the oldest releases ever.

The Cally (as the locals called it) makes its debut as part of Diageo's Special Releases in 2015. This extraordinary 40 year old is also the oldest expression ever offered from this dark horse distillery, otherwise known as "The Caledonian", based in Edinburgh and closed in 1988. Not surprisingly, bottlings of any kind are rare. This edition was distilled in 1974 (likely from majority corn) followed by maturation in refill American oak hogsheads. Bottled at natural strength, 5,097 bottles are available worldwide.

Tasting note: Bright brassy gold. Impressive lift with dense, sweet opening aromas reminiscent of rock lolly / dark chocolate / toffee apple. Aeration broadens the bouquet suggesting strawberry sponge cake / icing sugar. Five minutes shifts the emphasis to vanilla, honeycomb / crunchie bar. Gorgeous purity. Big vanilla / cinnamon / sponge cake delivery framed by vibrant spices; mildly oily to finish with salivating malt and cascading sugars. Luxurious grain. So much age yet never falls short on balance or freshness. 53.3% Alc./Vol.