Distilled and laid down to age way back in 1975, this rare expression has been maturing in American bourbon casks for over 38 years and is now being offered as a limited edition alongside Auchentoshan's core range. The cask-strength, non-chill filtered single malt has a copper gold appearance, with a nose of ripe pears, figs and honeydew. Papaya and pink grapefruit are said to emerge on the palate alongside notes of baked pineapple and almond cake, finishing with subtle notes of white grapes, elderflower and almonds.
“Having spent an additional year maturing in the highest quality North American bourbon casks,” opines Auchentoshan's master blender Rachel Barrie. “The 2013 bottling of Auchentoshan 1975 allows the drinker to experience the complexity and ripe, developed fruit flavors associated with a whisky of this vintage.’’
Only 500 bottles will be offered exclusively for travel retail, each retailing for £500 (around $817). If that's too rich for your blood, the distillery offers a variety of other expressions, including its core range consisting of the Classic, Three Wood, 12-, 18- and 21-year old malts, as well as limited releases like the Silveroak, Springwood, Heartwood and 14-year-old Cooper's Reserve.