Wine & Whiskey

The ImpEx Collection Is Not Your Average 40 Year Old Scotch Whisky

The ImpEx Collection 40 year old is not just another 40-year old blended Scotch whisky. This one is limited to just 525 bottles. The ImpEx Collection 40 year old 1980 blend cask #34 is available to collectors and Collectors Dashboard found a bottle available.

Collectors Dashboard evaluates high-end collectibles as an alternative asset class. This means rare bottles of whisky are attracting the same capital that could have been invested into stocks or bonds. Many rare or collectible spirits now cost thousands of dollars (or much more). Whether these investments are just for a profit, a store of value or even pure enjoyment is something that each buyer will have to justify on their own.

The whisky is blended from all regions of Scotland, then finished in a sherry butt and ultimately was limited to a mere 525 bottles. We found one bottle for sale at for $369.99. Tasting notes by Elixir Distillers head blender Oliver Chilton:

  • Nose — You are transported to an autumn farmers market with notes of tobacco and mulled wine cooking on an open wood fire. The distinct smell of sultanas being rinsed in whisky with melted dark chocolate orange and toasted cinnamon sticks. With time there is a rather more delicate note akin to a very well-aged Armagnac, bringing together notes of red berry and fruit cake batter.
  • Palate — It is dense and packed with stewed and dried fruits: plums and prunes, raisins and currants. There is something more lively with time in the glass like mint leaves and sweet tinned peaches. Dusty chocolate blends with a hint of bonfire smoke and cherries left to soak in bourbon. On the second sip there you find walnuts and hazelnuts with a hint of grapefruit and winter spice.
  • Finish — The spice continues into the finish with cloves and cinnamon balanced by dried mint leaves and thick juicy orange. It lasts forever, leaving you a pleasing dryness and flavors of earl grey tea and blackcurrant jam.

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