The Macallan, the world’s most admired single malt Scotch whisky, has unveiled a new release in its highly regarded Fine & Rare collection, the 1977 vintage. The Fine & Rare collection identifies the very best of The Macallan’s finest maturing range and features some of the greatest vintage single malts ever released. The release is limited to 4 bottles in the U.S. market this year. There is a suggested retail price of approximately $15,000 per 750ml bottle.

This 40-year-old single malt from Cask No. 8661 and an ABV of 48.5% has resided in an ex-sherry-filled oaken hogshead since 1977, a rare year even for the Fine & Rare Collection.

“The release of the 1977 Fine & Rare vintage adds an outstanding whisky to this collection of unique and mature expressions of The Macallan,” said The Macallan’s Master Distiller, Nick Savage. “The full, rich, classic Macallan body holds the supporting characters of sweet apples & vanillas, to give an all-encompassing whisky. A hint of peat in the background draws inspiration from The Macallan heritage, balanced with maturation in a smaller hogshead cask for a rich, yet delicate experience. The 1977 Fine & Rare vintage has reached its gentle maturity over 40 years and represents the classic Macallan style.”

After four decades, and at 97 proof, this whisky still holds onto its classic Macallan style. Over the years, the Fine & Rare collection has underpinned The Macallan as the world’s most valuable and collectable single malt whisky, dominating auctions around the world and setting world record prices, both at auction and private sale.