A fine epitaph for Jackson

William Grant & Sons is launching a new

version of its Glenfiddich Rare Collection 40 Year Old Single Malt

in honour of whisky writer and broadcaster Michael Jackson.

Jackson, who passed away last summer aged 65, had written tasting notes for each of the first four vattings of Glenfiddich 40 Year Old between 2000 and 2007.

To produce the new release, Glenfiddich's malt master David Stewart selected five casks and blended them

with the remnants of the previous Glenfiddich 40 Year Old vatting, which contained whiskies first distilled more than 80 years ago.

Stewart said: "Michael was a true pioneer of whisky writing and we were always delighted when he crafted such precise and pertinent tasting notes ."

The Glenfiddich Rare Collection 40 Year Old, bottled at the natural strength of 45.4% abv, comes in a solid oak presentation box and is distributed by First Drinks Brands.

All 600 bottles are

numbered and they will be available from specialist retailers and the Glenfiddich Distillery at £1,000 for a 70cl bottle. Money from the first bottle to leave the distillery will be donated to the Parkinson's Disease Society

- Jackson battled Parkinson's for

10 years.