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BenRiach Vestige 1966 46 Year Old

11th July 2013
BenRiach Vestige 1966 46 Year Old the oldest BenRiach whisky in existence.

BenRiach Distillery, located in Speyside, has released BenRiach Vestige, a 46 year old single malt Scotch whisky, which was distilled and filled to cask on the 21st of September, 1966 making it the oldest bottling of BenRiach to have ever been released.

When BenRiach became independent in 2004, the new owners inherited a handful of casks from 1966 – the oldest stock in the distillery’s warehouses. By the end of 2012, just two of those casks remained, and The BenRiach Distillery Company’s Managing Director Billy Walker has selected one of those casks, BenRiach 1966 cask no. 2381, to be bottled as BenRiach Vestige.

BenRiach tell me that the whisky is ‘classic Speyside’ in style, and was matured in a traditional hogshead. It is bottled at cask strength 44.1% ABV. After 46 years of maturation, the cask generated just 62 bottles, which will be sold worldwide. The UK retail price is £3999.99.

"Vestige" has been so named because it represents a moment in time, a small trace of something very special that, once lost, can never be replaced. The BenRiach 1966 cask no. 2381 truly is a piece of the distillery’s history.

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