The Glenlivet Winchester Collection Vintage 1967, a blend of rare single malts, just announced the release of its third and final installment of The Glenlivet’s premier Winchester Collection. Sharing 50 years of its rich history, the $25,000 edition of rare single malt is available in handcrafted bottle and case designed in partnership with award-winning British designer Bethan Gray.
“This rare release pays homage to The Glenlivet’s accomplished Master Distiller, Alan Winchester, and the valued heritage of the brand. Looking towards the next 50 years, we hope to continue to open up the scotch whiskey category with expressions that can stand the test of time,” says Sona Bajaria, Vice President of Marketing, The Glenlivet, Pernod Ricard USA.”
Adorned with a Dhow pattern that surrounds the bottle, each bottle is engraved and hand-painted, making each one a collector’s item. Taking inspiration from the rolling hills that surround the Glenlivet distillery in Scotland, each hand-blown decanter is a true testament to the craft of design and glassmaking at the highest level, using multiple surfaces and engraving techniques including the classic Italian ‘inciso’ done with a contemporary twist. The hand-stained birds-eye maple case is made using solid copper overlays that reflect The Glenlivet’s charred barrels and copper stills.
“By collaborating with the talented Bethan Gray, we have been able to epitomize not only Vintage 1967’s luxurious quality but also the craftsmanship that led to its creation. The result is a beautiful and captivating bottle that ensures Vintage 1967 is a feast for the eyes as well the palate,” says The Glenlivet Master Distiller Alan Winchester.
Making up the contents of its rich, bold flavor are malts from several rare oak casks. A process of maturation over 50 years took place, resulting in a precious amount of rare liquid that remained for bottling in June 2018. With a rich and fruity nose, notes of apricot jam and sweet ripe peaches, and a hint of toasted almonds, its smooth taste brings flavors of fondant orange and milk chocolate flavors, velvety texture and a long, and a luxuriously sweet finish.
Only 150 bottles of this remarkable Speyside single malt have been made, and they are currently on sale around the world in limited distributions.