In case you were ever curious how half a century of aged perfection tastes then take a closer look at this 50-year-vintage from The Glenlivet distillery, based in the village of Ballindalloch on the River Spey in Scotland. The Scotch is a tribute to George Smith – who created the first single malt – and has rested in an ex-sherry cask ever since 1966.
Previously laid down by The Glenlivet’s Master Distiller Robert Arthur, this batch has been carefully monitored for 50 years, up until current Master Distiller Alan Winchester poured off only 100 bottles worth of the liquid gold for a handful of lucky individuals. And after such a long and delicate aging process, each dram is now filled with subtle fruit and sweet treacle flavors, cleverly hidden within its rich and dark amber hue. The Winchester Collection Vintage 1966 is also housed within a hand-blown decanter and encased within a handmade sealed wooden box, making this highly coveted Speyside single malt a timeless relic in and of itself. No word on a release date just yet but an individual bottle is expected to cost around $25,000. [Purchase]