Pernod Ricard will soon release the world’s first collection of rare 50 Year Old single malt Scotch whiskies from The Glenlivet, which will be on sale from October 2014 at the iconic Harrods.
The Winchester Collection will include the world’s first series of 50 year old single malt Scotch whiskies from The Glenlivet, the distillery that is said to have started it all. Only 100 bottles of the first release, “Vintage 1964”, will be available priced at $25,000 each and bottled at cask strength (42.3% ABV). The first of these bottles, creatively called “Bottle No 1” (such ingenuity!), will go on sale this October at Harrods. “Vintage 1966” is confirmed to be the next release.
The bottles also seem to be pieces of art, handcrafted in the British Isles and featuring hand-blown glass and precious materials such as rose gold and ‘Cairngorm Stone’ – a testament to the craftsmanship of the current Master Distiller of The Glenlivet, Alan Winchester, from whom Winchester Collection takes its name. 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 excellence 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.”
Global Brand Director for The Glenlivet, Nikki Burgess, adds:
“The release of The Winchester Collection sets a new benchmark in single malt. We are excited to share this unparalleled spirit, the product of 50 years of craftsmanship, with whisky lovers and collectors alike. Vintage 1964 allows us to tell a new chapter in The Glenlivet’s rich history and is a fitting tribute to those who shaped Speyside’s original single malt whisky.”