The glenlivet winchester collection: whisky luxury
In september, The Glenlivet released The Winchester Collection: the world’s first series of rare and precious 50 year old single malt Scotch whiskies from the single malt that started it all. Already anticipated to become one of the most sought after whisky on the planet, “Vintage 1964” is the first release from this exquisite collection.
Priced at $25,000 each, Vintage 1964 is an outstanding 50 year old single malt whisky. Named after The Glenlivet’s current master distiller, Alan Winchester, the whisky was first put into casks for maturation in April 1964 by Captain Bill Smith-Grant, the last remaining descendent of The Glenlivet distillery’s founder, George Smith.
This cask of exceptional quality, made of American oak seasoned with Bourbon, has created a symphony of distinctive flavours, full of the signature fruity notes of The Glenlivet, intensified with age. Ripe pears, oranges and black cherries create an intriguing flavour, while smooth, creamy toffee notes give a rich, velvety texture.
In the background, hints of caramelised sugar entice the taste buds and endure on the palate, creating the sort of whisky that legends are made of.
Winchester comments: “This release marks a milestone for The Glenlivet. Casks of this age and quality are such a rare thing these days that I’m immensely proud to introduce the first of these rare vintages of preserved stocks from the distillery’s rich past. They’re a testament to our legacy of quality and to those who have nurtured this whisky over the years, including Captain Bill Smith-Grant, who played such a pivotal role introducing our single malt to the world.”
Befitting its price tag, no expense or attention to craftsmanship has been spared in creating the perfect vessel to house it, with every element hand-crafted by artisans from the British Isles, from hand-blown glass, to the inclusion of precious materials such as rose gold and ‘Cairngorm Stone’.
Acclaimed Scottish glass artists Nichola Burns and Brodie Nairn have created a decanter design, inspired by The Glenlivet’s glorious history. Completing the decanter is a jewel-like stopper, designed by internationally acclaimed silversmith Richard Fox.
Completing the craft and expertise for Vintage 1964 is a presentation cabinet designed by award-winning furniture maker, John Galvin. Galvin has applied traditional cabinet-making techniques to a contemporary design, resulting in a beautiful, bespoke piece that will stand the test of time, just like the rare and precious liquid that is housed inside.
Just 100 bottles of this remarkable Speyside single malt, priced at $25,000 each, will go on sale around the world, with the very first bottle – Bottle No 1 – going on sale at one of the world’s most prestigious retailers, Harrods, from this October. An undisclosed number of further releases from The Winchester Collection will then follow, with “Vintage 1966” confirmed to be next in line.