Friday, September 30, 2016


Chivas Brothers, has today announced the launch of the second bottling in its rare and very limited 50 Year Old, Glenlivet Winchester Collection.

The Glenlivet Winchester Collection Vintage 1966 (48.5% ABV) comes from a sherry cask that was originally laid down to mature by then Master Distiller, Robert Arthur in 1966, and is now being released under the guardianship of current Master Distiller Alan Winchester.

The Glenlivet Masters Collection Vintage 1966

Limited to just 100 bottles, The Glenlivet Winchester Collection Vintage 1966, which follows on from the Vintage 1964 release in 2014, is set to become one of the rarest and most sought after whiskies in the world.

The Glenlivet commissioned Brodie Nairn of acclaimed studio Glasstorm, to produce a hand blown glass bottle for the Vintage 1966 release, which pays homage to The Glenlivet’s Gaelic translation of ‘Valley of the Smooth Flowing One’.

Designer silversmith Richard Fox crafted the gold stopper set with a smoky quartz Cairngorm Stone – specially selected to echo the richly dark liquid of Vintage 1966 – while esteemed wood craftsman, John Galvin, made the beautiful cherry wood cabinet that houses the whisky.

Commenting on the launch, Alan Winchester, said: “The release of Vintage 1966 marks another milestone for The Glenlivet Winchester Collection. Casks of this age and quality are such a rare thing these days, that the resulting single malt is literally liquid history in a glass. I’m immensely proud to release this wonderful whisky, which has been cared for and crafted over generations.”

He went on to say: “I’m also proud to be auctioning my own personal bottle and a bottle of future Vintage 2016 to be enjoyed in 50 years’ time. This will mark yet another moment of history in the making and I’m so pleased that the proceeds of the auction will go towards investing in the future success of talented and innovative British craftspeople.”

Alan Winchester’s own bottle will be auctioned at Christie’s on October 21st, alongside the unique opportunity to lay down Vintage 2016.  Proceeds from the auction will go to the British Crafts Council to help champion craft for future generations.

The Glenlivet Winchester Collection Vintage 1966, will be available next month from specially selected, specialist retailers for a RRP of £25,000.

Posted by Steve Rush