The Glenlivet Winchester Collection series of 50 Year Old single malt Scotch whiskies is one of the rarest in the world. Following the release of inaugural Vintage 1964 in 2014, the Scotch brand launches the second installment in its exquisite series of 50 year old single malt whiskies, The Glenlivet Winchester Collection Vintage 1966. Just 100 bottles will be offered from October 2016 globally, priced at $25,000 each. The rare Master Distiller’s bottle will be auctioned at Christie’s New York on 21st October, estimate $26,000 to $40,000.
Vintage 1966 is a wonderful harmony of distinctive flavors bursting with influence from the sherry cask and emitting deliciously sweet aromas of treacle, moist raisins and apricot jam. The palate is sophisticated with candied, sumptuous soft fruits, sweet treacle and juicy orange, layered by delicate mix of cinnamon and liquorice. The finish is exceptionally long, smooth, with a pleasing hint of dryness.
Inspired by the concept of water, the decanter is hand-blown by Scottish glass artist Brodie Nairn who pays homage to The Glenlivet’s Gaelic translation of “Valley of the Smooth Flowing One.” Each bottle is hand painted in gold and sealed with a bespoke gold stopper set with a smoky quartz Cairngorm Stone, by prominent silversmith Richard Fox. The bottle is housed in the handmade, dark cherry cabinet, lined in leather, crafted by award-winning wood craftsman, John Galvin, who spent 55 – 60 hours alone to create it and perfected it with over 100 processes and 50 components in each.
The Winchester Collection Vintage 1966 is the pinnacle of craftsmanship with every element – from the single malt itself to the bottle it is housed in – being the result of painstaking artistry by celebrated craftspeople from the British Isles. To honour not just the makers, but also the wealth of talent globally, the Master Distiller’s lot will be sold during Christie’s October 21 Fine Wine And Spirits Sale, with proceeds going towards supporting charity The Crafts Council to help in their aim of safeguarding future generations of craft.