Scottish distillery Glenlivet has launched a rare 50 year-old, $25,000 whisky, which will go on sale exclusively at Harrods in London on October 1st.
The new whisky series is called The Winchester Collection and “Vintage 1964” is the first release from this endeavour, anticipated to become one of the most sought after and priceless whisky collections to be released.
Only 100 bottles of this Speyside single malt, priced at $25,000 each, will go on sale around the world in limited distribution. An undisclosed number of further releases from The Winchester Collection will then follow, with “Vintage 1966” confirmed to be next in line.
No expense has been spared in creating the whisky’s bottle, from hand-blown glass to the inclusion of Cairngorm stone in the bottle itself.
The spirit began life 50 years ago when Captain Bill Smith-Grant, the last remaining descendent of The Glenlivet distillery’s founder, George Smith, laid down a specially selected cask in 1964.
Under the care and guidance of current Master Distiller, Alan Winchester – from whom the collection takes its name – that Vintage 1964 has been deemed ready to be enjoyed.
“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,” said Winchester