Two new The Balvenie 50 YO launch for £26,500By Becky Paskin
William Grant & Sons is to release two more single cask expressions of The Balvenie 50 Year Old, each of which carries a guide price of £26,500.
The two single cask bottlings, to be released in global markets this September, are created from whisky distilled on the same day in May 1963, and laid in two similar European oak hogsheads.
However, malt master David Stewart claimed the two expressions from cask 4567 and 4570 are remarkably different.
“Although beginning with the same origins, cask number 4567, given that it is a single malt, has a deep reddish hue and a beautifully full taste characterised by dark fruits and spice, expected of the European oak cask in which the whiskies were matured,” he said.
“The 50 Year Old from cask number 4570 is different, with a rich golden hue and a remarkable elegant oak and vanilla sweetness. Both are among the most complex, elegant and fine whiskies ever to be released from Warehouse 24, the home of our oldest and rarest whiskies.”
The two expressions are bottled at cask strength (45.4% and 45.9% respectively) and are non-chill-filtered. They are presented in wooden cases consisting of 49 layers of wood and a closing brass layer, in line with the existing The Balvenie 50.
Just 131 bottles of cask 4567 and 128 bottles of cask 4570 are available.
The Speyside distillery first released The Balvenie 50 Year Old (from cask 5576) in 2012 in commemoration of Stewart’s 50th year with William Grant.
The distillery also recently announced it would be discontinuing its popular Tun 1401 series, and replacing it with The Balvenie Tun 1509 this autumn.