Highland single malt Scotch whisky distillery Glenmorangie has released its “oldest and rarest” expression to date, called Pride 1974.Following the 2011 launch of Pride 1981 and the 2014 release of Pride 1978, Glenmorangie Pride 1974 has been aged in a combination of ex-Bourbon and ex-oloroso Sherry casks for 41 years. It is the third release in the limited edition Glenmorangie Pride Collection, which showcases the LVMH-owned distillery’s rarest malts. “Glenmorangie Pride 1974 is the oldest and deepest Glenmorangie ever to be released,” said Dr Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s director of whisky creation, distilling and whisky stocks, who crafted the expression. “Its age lends the whisky an enriched intensity, borne only of a slow, patient maturation. The result is an exquisite blend of deep, rich, salty and spicy aromas – aged balsamic vinegar, salted caramel toffee and oranges, leading to tastes of baked apples, toffee, oranges and brown sugar.” Just 503 decanters of Glenmorangie Pride 1974 (52%abv) have been released globally at an RRP of £7,200 (about US$9,000). The whisky is contained in a crystal decanter designed by glassware specialist Laurence Brabant, featuring gold and metallic detailing. The decanter itself is presented in a cherry wood box with a mirrored interior. To mark the release of Pride 1974, Glenmorangie and piano maker Steinway & Sons collaborated with pianist Aaron Diehl to compose a piece of music that “embodies the whisky’s rare beauty”. The piece was debuted in New York last night. Earlier this year, Glenmorangie unveiled the eight whisky in its Private Edition series – a Malmsey Madeira cask-finished expression called Bacalta.