Perhaps, in your time, you’ve tried some rather nice single malts. Perhaps an 18 year, something you’ve splashed out on, or a shared among friends for a special occasion.
I doubt you’ve ever come across something like this, though. A fifty, yes, fifty year old single malt from The Glenlivet.
Confined to sherry casks in 1966 – before man had walked on the moon, while the Berlin wall stood strong and Gangnam Style was yet to make its way out of Korea – this whisky is beyond special. So special, in fact, that the first bottling on this unique dram, raised a
record-breaking $31,850 at Christie’s for the Crafts Council charity this October.
It has sat, patiently ageing, for half a century, until it was ready to be set free.
Unfortunately, unless you were the lucky (and well-heeled) winner of that particular bid, you won’t be able to get hold of the first bottle. You can, however, still get your hands on your own bottle of the Winchester Collection from Harrods for a mere £20,000.
I wish I can tell you I’ve tried it. I really do. Samples of this stuff don’t really exist, and it’s not like they can loan you some.
I’m assured, however, by Master Distiller Alan Winchester (after whom the eponymous whisky is named), that it retains its trademark sweet and sumptuous complexity, whilst layered with a delicate spice.
The Glenlivet Winchester Collection is a liquid homage to craftsmanship at its very best. Encased in a hand-made cherry cabinet by John Galvin, this bottle of liquid history has been preceded by a 1964 collection and will surely, in another half-century, be followed by a 2016 vintage.
Fifty years? You better start saving now.
Want to find out more? You can head to www.theglenlivet.com. Alternatively, you can get some for yourself from Harrods.
The Glenlivet Winchester Collection Vintage 1966 – £20,000 – from Harrods