A limited-edition single malt from the Bladnoch distillery, released as part of the Rare Malts Selection. The whisky was distilled in 1977 and matured for 23 years. It was bottled in October 2001 at a cask strength of 53.6%. The Rare Malts Selection is a large range of single malt bottlings from lesser-known and silent distilleries. It was created in 1995 by United Distillers (later Diageo) and ran until 2005. The whiskies in the series were all distilled in the late 1960s, 70s or early 80s and aged for at least 18 years. Because of its extensive selection of rare bottles, the range is extremely popular among collectors. The success of the Rare Malts Selection eventually led to the creation of Diageo’s annual Special Releases in 2001. Bladnoch is a distillery in the Scottish Lowlands. It was founded in 1817 by the brothers John and Thomas McClelland. The McClelland family continued to run the distillery for almost a century. Bladnoch changed hands several times in the 20th century, until it was acquired by Arthur Bell and Sons in 1983. Bell’s, in turn, was taken over by United Distillers in 1987. The Bladnoch distillery is currently in the hands of the Australian entrepreneur David Prior, who bought it in July 2015.