Landmark Christy’s auction of The Glenlivet Winchester Collection Vintage 1966 raises highest amount at auction in decade for charity: $31,850. Master Distiller Alan Winchester’s personal bottle of the exceptional whisky and laying down Vintage 2016 for future enjoyment in 50 year’s time formed the first wine and spirits auction at Christie’s of the fall season on Friday 21st October. The funding was raised for charity the British Crafts Council, Britain’s national agency for contemporary craft, that the Glenlivet has partnered with. A Future Made, a philanthropic initiative that looks to support British craftspeople on the international stage, will see the first beneficiary, glass sculptor Joseph Harrington, creating a unique piece that will be revealed during the prestigious international fair Design Miami (30th November-4th December 2016).
The auction included a unique opportunity to bid for The Master Distiller’s bottle and travel to Scotland to observe Alan Winchester as he selects a cask to be laid down this year to be bottled in 2066 and then own a bottle from that future vintage in 50 years’ time.
Although The Master Distiller’s bottle and laying down Vintage 2016 was a once in a lifetime opportunity, one hundred, individually numbered bottles of The Glenlivet Winchester Collection Vintage 1966 are being released from this month priced at $25,000 each. It is the second edition in a series of rarefied 50 year old single malt whiskies. Vintage 1966 is a rare and precious whisky that has used exceptional sherry casks to enhance the trademark soft, sweet, sumptuous complexity that The Glenlivet is famed for. The resulting single malt is a remarkable liquid that layers the soft smooth notes of The Glenlivet with delicate spice – a teasing intermingling of cinnamon and liquorice – and offers an exceptionally long, smooth finish, with a pleasing hint of dryness.