The Glenlivet has unveiled the second edition of The Glenlivet Winchester Collection — a series of 50-year-old single malt whiskies — with the launch of Vintage 1966.
This whisky was created by The Glenlivet Master Distiller Robert Arthur in 1966, and has been watched over by future generations of Master Distillers, and is now released under the guardianship of Master Distiller, Alan Winchester.
Only 100 bottles are available worldwide. The suggested retail price is $25,000 per 750-ml. bottle.
Vintage 1966 rested in sherry casks. It has soft smooth notes, the company says, plus delicate spice, cinnamon and licorice, before a long dry finish.
Vintage 1966 follows the inaugural Winchester Collection release of Vintage 1964 in 2014.
The Glenlivet commissioned Brodie Nairn of studio Glasstorm to produce a hand blown glass bottle around the concept of water, the company says, paying homage to “The Glenlivet’s Gaelic translation of ‘Valley of the Smooth Flowing One’, with elegant flow lines lending gentle movement to the sculpted glass.”
Designer silversmith Richard Fox made the gold stopper set with a smoky quartz Cairngorm Stone. Wood craftsman John Galvin made the cherry wood cabinet that houses the whisky.
Continuing the theme of craftsmanship by generations, Alan Winchester’s own bottle will be donated to the British Crafts Council and auctioned at Christie’s in New York on October 21st, alongside the unique opportunity to lay down a cask of Vintage 2016. Proceeds from the auction will go to the British Crafts Council, developed to support artist craftsman.