For only the second time in its 192-year history, the Glenlivet is offering a 50-year-old single-malt whisky: the Glenlivet Winchester Collection Vintage 1966
($25,000). It was bottled at peak maturity in a gracefully sculpted, gold-accented decanter sealed with a Cairngormstone stopper. Only 100 bottles have been produced, and each comes in a cherry case. The distillery’s first 50-year-old was bottled in 2014. It became the initial release in the Winchester Collection, an ongoing series of ultra-rare whiskies selected by the Glenlivet’s master distiller since 2009, Alan Winchester.
This latest 50-year-old is the second release in the Winchester Collection. It was distilled by former Glenlivet master distiller Robert Arthur in 1966. The whisky’s stewardship eventually fell upon Winchester, and in May of this year, he decided it was time to bottle it. The whisky’s deep golden-amber hue tells of its lengthy sherry-barrel aging. A heady floral-honeyed bouquet is a prelude to smoky butterscotch, raisin, and soft white-oak flavors with a hint of marmalade in the powerful finish. (theglenlivet.com)