The Glenrothes has launched its last vintage from the 1970s across the European and Asian marketplace.

The Speyside distillers, distributed by the wine merchant Berry Bris & Rudd, said last week that its Glenrothes 1978 Vintage comprises a small selection of casks that have been handpicked by Malt Master John Ramsay.

This is the second vintage bottling of the 1978, with the first being released from select casks that were "ready" in 1999. "The second vintage bottling, which features an updated label design, is made from those remaining casks that have benefited from further extended maturation," said the company.

The Glenrothes brand ambassador Ronnie Cox said: "People were intrigued by the bottle, but often had trouble reading the label from the bar." The new design features a black band across the top of the label with the words: 'The Glenrothes' and has changed the vintage date to light text upon a dark background in an effort "to stand out".

The Glenrothes 1978 Vintage bottle, packaged in a copper and oak frame, will retail at GBP400 (US$788) and be available from berry Bros & Rudd as well as selected whisky stores in the UK, Spain, Germany Holland and Asia before rolling out to North America next year.

Only 5,600 bottles have been produced.