1967 was the year which saw Steve McQueen jump into the iconic Bullitt Mustang. More importantly it was the year which saw the foundations for Glenlivet’s Winchester Collection Vintage 1967 laid down by former Glenlivet Master Distiller, Robert Arthur.
Fast forward more than half a century and we now have the coveted bottle that’s available to buy for a cool US$25,000. The scotch whisky comes as the third instalment to the collection which follows from the Vintage 1966 released in 2016 and Vintage 1964 released in 2014. The collection itself is a tribute to Master Distiller Alan Winchester’s 40 years in scotch whisky and in its latest expression, will only come in a limited run of 150 bottles worldwide.
The bottle is a blend of rare single malts which Glenlivet says “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.”
A special whisky demands a special bottle and the Vintage 1967 sees this in the form of a hand blown bottle by glassblower Brodie Nairn. The bottle is hand-cut to mimic the unique colour pattern that occurs during the ageing process in a dram. The finishing touches include engraving and hand painting before the whole thing is polished off with a maple case lined with mother-of-pearl finishing to give nod to the mussel shells found in the Spey River.
Got your credit cards ready? $25,000 is rather modest when compared to some of the other premium whiskies we’ve seen.