Glenlivet Launches 50-Year-Old Winchester Collection Vintage

By Paul Joseph

Whisky makers The Glenlivet are releasing the second edition in its series of rarefied 50-year-old single malts.

Called the Glenlivet Winchester Collection Vintage 1966, only 100 bottles of this precious liquid, matured in an exceptional high quality sherry cask, will be released priced at £20,000 each.

The Vintage 1966 joins Vintage 1964 to become one of the most sought after and exquisite whisky collections in the world. It was identified early on as being destined for greater things and has since been slowly and steadily developing the signature flavours that make The Glenlivet an enduring benchmark of quality.

The trademark soft, sweet, sumptuous complexity is layered by a delicate spice – an intermingling of cinnamon and liquorice – and offers an exceptionally long, smooth finish, with a pleasing hint of dryness.

Additionally, The Glenlivet commissioned Brodie Nairn of acclaimed studio Glasstorm, to produce a hand blown glass bottle around the concept of water, paying homage to The Glenlivet’s Gaelic translation of ‘Valley of the Smooth Flowing One’, with elegant lines lending gentle movement to the sculpted glass.

Designer silversmith Richard Fox made the stunning gold stopper set with a smoky quartz Cairngorm Stone, especially selected to echo the richly dark liquid of Vintage 1966.

Finally, esteemed wood craftsman, John Galvin made the beautiful cherry wood cabinet that houses the whisky.

The Glenlivet distillery was founded in 1824.

By Paul Joseph