Looking for the ideal gift for someone's 40th birthday? Clearly the perfect present for the whisky enthusiast who is turning Forty is a bottle of 40 year old whisky. Or maybe you just want to treat yourself!
The age statement on a whisky label tells you the age of the youngest whisky in the bottle. What does this mean? Put simply, a bottle of whisky may contain whiskies matured in a number of different casks for different periods of time. If the label says that the whisky is 40 Years Old (or Forty Years Old) then, although it may contain older whiskies, you can be certain that none of components are any younger than 40 years.
Once a whisky is bottled it ceases its maturation, unlike wine which continues to age in the bottle, so Forty year old whisky is frozen in time and will be considered 40 forever.