Whyte & Mackay is set to release what it calls its finest Scotch whisky yet.

The company announced yesterday (6 September) that it will launch 'The 30' in the UK next month. The Scotch has been created from a selection of spirits from 1976 and has been described by Whyte & Mackay's master blender, Richard Patterson, as his "lifetime's work".

"I have been nurturing this whisky for three decades," Patterson added.

'The 30' will be limited to 50 cases and carries a retail price of GBP125 (US$235). The Scotch will be available from October.

Coinciding with the release of 'The 30', Whyte & Mackay is adding further extensions to its range for this winter. The 'Supreme' 22 Years Old Rare Edition will retail at GBP49.99, while the Whyte & Mackay 'Old Luxury' 19 Years Old will cost GBP34.99. 'The Thirteen', meanwhile, will cost GBP16.99. All four whiskies will be available in Threshers, Oddbins and selected supermarkets.

Last month, the distiller was linked to a bid by India's UB Group for its Invergordon Distillers business. Bob Brannan, Whyte & Mackay's managing director refused to comment on the reports that UB had made an offer for Invergordon worth US$379.5m. The business had been put up for sale earlier this year, but Whyte & Mackay decided to keep the business due to the growth of its brands and a rise in prices for private-label Scotch in the UK.