Inver House Distillers has announced plans to launch a limited edition bottling of its 40-year-old Hankey Bannister blended Scotch whisky timed to coincide with its 250th anniversary.

The company said late last week that Hankey Bannister 40 Years Old, a blend which contains whiskies including Garnheath, Killyloch and Glenfager, will roll out with a limited production of 1,917 bottles to be released internationally.

Hankey Bannister brand manager Michelle Lansdowne said: "There are not many 40-year-old blends available and certainly not many of this quality. Its discovery caused somewhat of a sensation here and we are sure that the excitement will be echoed elsewhere when it becomes available to buy - there is no doubt that this Hankey Bannister represents a tremendous and unusual opportunity to own an incredibly rare whisky."

The whisky comes "couched next to a beautifully crafted Glencairn crystal decanter and two bespoke Glencairn glasses in a rich chocolate-brown leatherette box," the company added.

Hankey Bannister 40 Years Old will be available to buy in all markets retailing at GBP375 (US$757) for the limited edition 70cl box set.

The Hankey Bannister range is currently exported to around 47 countries globally and also includes a standard un-aged blend, blended malt, 12-year-old blend and a 21-year-old blend.