Glenlivet Honors its Master Distiller with a 50 Year Old Whisky

“The launch of Vintage 1967 is a momentous occasion for The Glenlivet, and a particularly proud one for me personally,” said The Glenlivet Master Distiller Alan Winchester. “To have my name associated with one of the finest single malts that money can buy is an honour.” But then, Winchester has earned that honour over a 40-year career. It’s fitting that The Glenlivet would honour that accomplishment, especially with such a high-quality whisky.

The Glenlivet Winchester Collection 1967 was filled in December 1967. The whisky is a blend of malts from several rare oak casks—some older than 1967. Over its 50-year history, the whisky has lost some quantity due to evaporation, which means that the liquid that remained was that much more precious when it was bottled in June of 2018. The whisky is non-chill filtered and comes in full cask strength. Its nose is rich and fruity, with notes of apricot jam and ripe peaches, as well as a hint of toasted almonds. In terms of taste, the whisky has hints of fondant orange and milk chocolate.

It’s not just the whisky that makes the collection special. The Glenlivet went all out on the bottle as well. The bottle was designed by award-winning British designer Bethan Gray, whose grandfather was a forester in the Cairngorms, home of The Glenlivet. The bottle is handblown by Brodie Nairn, a master glass blower. It is then hand cut. The bottle has an ombre colour and is engraved and hand painted.

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