Glenlivet just unveiled the third installment in the Glenlivet Winchester Collection, Glenlivet Winchester Collection Vintage 1967, a blend of rare single malts, the youngest of which was laid down by former Glenlivet Master Distiller Robert Arthur in 1967.
The launch is part of a collection that celebrates Master Distiller Alan Winchester’s 40 years in scotch whisky. Previous releases in the series include Vintage 1966 in 2016 and Vintage 1964 in 2014.
“The Glenlivet Winchester Collection Vintage 1967 is a unique expression that allows the current generation to peek into the rich past of The Glenlivet,” says Sona Bajaria, Vice President of Marketing, The Glenlivet, Pernod Ricard USA. “This rare release pays homage to The Glenlivet’s accomplished Master Distiller, Alan Winchester, and to the valued heritage of the brand. Looking towards the next 50 years, we hope to continue to open up the scotch whisky category with expressions that can stand the test of time.”
All that history also comes at a price. Only 150 bottles of the limited-edition whisky will be sold for a suggested retail price of $25,000. The whisky is non-chill filtered at cask street, and Glenlivet says it “boasts a rich and fruity nose, notes of apricot jam and sweet ripe peaches, and a hint of toasted almonds. The smooth taste continues with fondant orange and milk chocolate flavors, velvety texture and a long, and a luxuriously sweet finish.”
Like many other expensive bottles of scotch, the bottle is also something special. It’s hand blown by glassblower Brodie Nairn and then hand-cut to create an ombré color effect that mimics the aging process of the liquid inside. Each bottle is also engraved and hand painted. It comes in a hand-stained maple case with a mother-of-pearl inlaid, which is inspired by the local freshwater peal mussel shells found in the Spey River.
“The launch of Vintage 1967 is a momentous occasion for The Glenlivet and a particularly proud one for me personally,” says The Glenlivet Master Distiller Alan Winchester. “To have my name associated with one of the finest single malts that money can buy is an honor – what a fantastic way to celebrate more than 40 years in the Scotch whisky industry. 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.”