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40th Birthday!!! Looking for a 1968 Distillation Date...

Postby heatmiser » Fri Aug 01, 2008 8:48 am

I am turning 40 this year and would like to celebrate with a good scotch whiskey that was distilled the year I was born (1968). Does anyone have any recommendations on bottle distilled in 1968 that are really good?
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Re: 40th Birthday!!! Looking for a 1968 Distillation Date...

Postby bamber » Fri Aug 01, 2008 9:01 am

1960's Bowmores are famously good (not that I've ever had the pleasure of sampling one).
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Re: 40th Birthday!!! Looking for a 1968 Distillation Date...

Postby WhiskyViking » Fri Aug 01, 2008 9:17 am

The Whisky Shop USA (SF) has a couple of 68-bottling (amongst them a Bowmore for a meagre US$2000).

But for a more reasonable dram the Benriach 1968 34yo for US$230 (Dunacn Taylor) is a very good dram. Or maybe a Glen Elgin 1968 37yo (Gordon & MacPhail) for US$180.

When it comes to close to 40yo whisky, there will never be very much to choose from.
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Re: 40th Birthday!!! Looking for a 1968 Distillation Date...

Postby kildalton » Fri Aug 01, 2008 10:19 am

I'd suggest a 1968 Bowmore from DT,
not too expensive and quite good...
Another option might be a Glenfarclas always good :thumbsup:
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Re: 40th Birthday!!! Looking for a 1968 Distillation Date...

Postby Spirit of Islay » Fri Aug 01, 2008 1:51 pm

Three i'd recommend are the Bruichladdich Legacy 3 ( Reduced here )
The Bunnahabhain 34yo (doesn't say it's a 1968 but it is , Managed to just get one of these for £150 ) and if you can find it (it is still available but at a price!) The Bunnahabhain Auld Acquaintance . DTC's Bunnies from 1968 are supposed to be very good .
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Re: 40th Birthday!!! Looking for a 1968 Distillation Date...

Postby Wave » Fri Aug 01, 2008 5:40 pm

My favorite is the Glenfarclas 38yo 1968 Family Cask @ 65.1% ABV! An excellent old whisky and even with it's high proof easily drunk neat and quite yummy!
LFW £290.00 (including VAT)

Tasting Notes by George S. Grant (Glenfarclas Brand Ambassador)
A dark amber-bronze colour. Full-bodied Glenfarclas, very deep and mature, complex fruits, sultanas and marmalade. A strong powerful Glenfarclas, I believe it is the strongest we have ever released at this age.

The aromas are intense with rich tones of honey, vanilla, liquorice, cinnamon, raisins and a hint of peat smoke.

This whisky has many layers to delve through. It is like a layered cake with fruit on top, honey, caramel and toffee in the middle, with dry oaky spiciness and a slightly smoky finish.



Cheers!
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Re: 40th Birthday!!! Looking for a 1968 Distillation Date...

Postby lohssanami » Fri Aug 01, 2008 6:02 pm

I've heard good things about the Glendronach 68', but you can check many others from 1968 at this link.

68' vintages at TWE
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Re: 40th Birthday!!! Looking for a 1968 Distillation Date...

Postby Ganga » Fri Aug 01, 2008 11:55 pm

Bowmore and 1968, supposed to be an awesome combination. If the OBs are out of your range, look to Duncan Taylor bottlings.

You could also look at some of the Celtic Heartlands bottlings. Several of these are 1968 vintage.
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Re: 40th Birthday!!! Looking for a 1968 Distillation Date...

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Aug 02, 2008 12:10 am

So much depends on what you like heatmiser, but just to reinforce some of the suggestions here; if you want sherry then the Glenfarclas Family cask 1968 is super ( I have tried almost a dozen of these FCs now and they have all been excellent); if you want peat then I have also heard great things about '68 Bowmore (but no personal experience); If you like Laddie then the Legacy 3 is indeed excellent; if you like Bunnie then the Auld Aquaintance is awesome (my favourite).

Much depends on availablity though. Why don't you look for available options and then ask folks what they think.

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Re: 40th Birthday!!! Looking for a 1968 Distillation Date...

Postby oldrip57 » Sat Aug 02, 2008 4:17 am

I have open an Old Fitzgerald Prime 86.8-proof bourbon in a Lexington (the racehorse) decanter that was issued in 1968. While not the best Old Fitz I've ever had, it IS the best Old Fitz Prime I've ever had.
I found this one within the past year so, with some searching, there's hope you might procure one, though it may take a premium price.
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Re: 40th Birthday!!! Looking for a 1968 Distillation Date...

Postby papercrack » Sun Aug 03, 2008 8:40 pm

A very good malt at 20% off
Glenury Royal 1968 / 36 Year old

Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky
A venerable, brilliantly-balanced mouth-coating floral beauty. This is very special whisky from a tragically lost distillery.

Special Release Offer: 20% Off! (was £520.00)
The whisky exchange

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Re: 40th Birthday!!! Looking for a 1968 Distillation Date...

Postby Ganga » Sun Aug 03, 2008 10:54 pm

WhiskyViking wrote:The Whisky Shop USA (SF) has a couple of 68-bottling (amongst them a Bowmore for a meagre US$2000).



HiTime Wine Cellars has this same bottling for around $1250.
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Re: 40th Birthday!!! Looking for a 1968 Distillation Date...

Postby ResIpsa539 » Mon Aug 04, 2008 3:21 am

Granted it's the only 1968 that I've had, but I can speak to the glory of the Glendronach 1968.
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Re: 40th Birthday!!! Looking for a 1968 Distillation Date...

Postby jmrl » Mon Aug 04, 2008 10:36 pm

If you like sherry influence I can recommend Gordon & MacPhail's Benromach 1968. Although they can be tricky as vintage is usually stated but not bottling date, so hopefully the one you find is the one I tried!
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Re: 40th Birthday!!! Looking for a 1968 Distillation Date...

Postby jobert82 » Mon Aug 04, 2008 11:19 pm

Willie JJ wrote:if you want peat then I have also heard great things about '68 Bowmore (but no personal experience);


Hi heatmiser,

Bowmore from the '60 are indeed great! But don't expect to buy a peated whisky here! I tried several of these and none of these was peated (or maybe slightly)! Profile: tropical fruits, flowery perfumes, grapefruit... really awesome!!

Hard to find though!
Anyway, a lot of other very nice options have already been mentioned!
Good luck anyway! Let us know what you've chosen.
And congrats ;-)

Cheers, Joep
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