Glenfiddich releases 1977 Rare Collection Cask

23 February, 2018 by Andy Young

Glenfiddich has partnered with Heinemann Duty Free to unveil the Glenfiddich 1977 Rare Collection Cask No. 15176.

The 40-year-old single cask whisky will be available to travel retail customers travelling through Kuala Lumpur and Sydney airports, with just 150 bottles available with a RRP of $4352.


Glenfiddich’s Malt Master, Brian Kinsman, told TheShout, what it was about this cask that made it special and why he singled it out as a Rare Collection Cask release.

“It’s almost like we’re cheating here picking a really old cask, but ultimately it’s a really great example of what I would hope to see from the distillery in that age range. It’s got all the rich fruity notes that you would generally hope to get from Speyside and that we get in abundance at Glenfiddich.

“Then because it is American Oak it has not been overly dominated by the oak, so it’s still got a lot of sweetness. It’s actually incredibly non-challenging in that you can pick it up and sip away and it’s not dominating your pallet at all, so it ticks all the boxes: is it classic Glenfiddich? Yes. Is it a really nice example of Speyside? Absolutely. And has it got some interesting notes? Yes it has.”

In terms of picking casks for the Rare Collection, Kinsmann said it tends to be quite a natural process.

“The cask collection is annual process. Everything we fill has a chance of becoming anything. So everything we’ve produce in 2018 has the chance to become any of our whiskies. We don’t fill casks thinking this will be a particular vintage. Then in time we’ll take away a good number of casks to make the 12-year-old, 15-year-old and so on. So for this it’s almost a case of which ones survive each round of selection.

“There are various reasons for that, sometimes we’ll do some sampling of a cask and decide that’s pretty special so we’ll keep it, while other times we are just trying to keep a nice range of casks like first-fills, re-fills, a couple of sherry casks and so on. So each time there will be a natural number of casks that get left behind.

“Once you get to the significantly older, so 25 to 30-year-old we start sampling absolutely everything and grading it and looking at which ones have the potential to get much, much older. But in the earlier years it’s a much more natural process.”

The whisky is presented in a clear bottle with a hand-crafted leather box emblazoned with the Glenfiddich stag and finished with a suede-like lining. Each bottle is individually numbered and includes a copper foiled leaflet with detailed cask information.

Richard Goodman, Head of Operations at Heinemann Tax & Duty Free, said: “We’re proud to continue our successful partnership with William Grant & Sons in this region. The exclusive product and customer experience are truly unique to our store, and we are excited to continuously elevate the travel retail experience at Sydney International Airport.”