The Glenlivet Winchester Collection Vintage 1966 Available in Malaysia
Janet and I headed over to Bobo KL at Jalan Bangkung for the media/ Glenlivet Guardians preview of a bottle of the rare Vintage 1966 from The Glenlivet Winchester Collection that will be available for purchase by Glenlivet Guardians through a silent auction in Malaysia in May 2017.
This whisky is rare – with only 100 bottles in existence, with each having its own unique serial number and Malaysia gets Bottle No. 10 that will be auctioned off at Mantra Bar KL on 25 May 2017. Only the Guardians of The Glenlivet will be able to participate in the race to own this exquisite whisky and perhaps set a new record for the most expensive bottle of whisky ever sold in Malaysia (currently the Vintage 1964 holds the record).
“Previously, the single bottle of Vintage 1964 that came to Malaysia fetched a record-breaking price of RM96,000 when it was auctioned in 2015. We are excited to see if we can cross the six digit mark at the auction for Vintage 1966,” says Benedict Yong, Brand Manager at Pernod Ricard Malaysia.
“Given its rarity, and the success of the last auction, we look forward to see how it will be received by the community of maturing and growing whisky lovers in the country. It is not often that one will get the opportunity to own such an exquisite hand-crafted bottle, where every sip represents 50 years of perfection,” he added.
Attendees at the auction can look forward to having a taste of whiskies from The Glenlivet such as the Founder’s Reserve, 12, 15, 18 years old as well as from the Master Distiller’s series and even the 25 Year Old XXV. A non-bidding guest will also walk away with a bottle of The Glenlivet 25 Year Old XXV worth RM3,000 by participating in a game to guess the final bid price.
The Vintage 1966 auction winner will also enjoy (apart from bringing home the coveted bottle of course) 2x business class tickets to Scotland, a money-can’t-buy 3D2N stay at the Chivas Brothers guesthouse, and private tours and tastings at the distilleries. As a reference, The Glenlivet Winchester Collection Vintage 1966 is currently priced globally at USD 25,000 and apparently there’s one at Heathrow airport in London. Good luck finding the rest.
Tickets for the auction will be sold from 25th April onwards, at a price of RM80 for Guardians of the Glenlivet, or RM120 for non-Guardians. Guardians will be permitted to bring 3 guests each, at the special Guardians’ price. Oh BTW there’s still time for you to sign up as a Guardian and you can do so here – www.theglenlivetguardians.com.my
The Malaysian Chapter of the Guardians of The Glenlivet is pretty much the largest whisky community in the country, and was formed through a series of “taste and discover” events, and a part of a global community stretching over 37 countries.
There will be giveaways on The Glenlivet’s Facebook Page as well. Four bottles of The Glenlivet 15 Year Old worth RM550 each are up for grabs, to four lucky Fans who are able to also guess the final bid price. More information about the online giveaway is available at http://www.facebook.com/TheGlenlivetMY
The Vintage 1966 is the second release in the Winchester Collection, a series of 50-Year-Old Scotch whiskies from The Glenlivet. It is the pinnacle of craftsmanship with every element – from the single malt itself to the bottle it is housed in. The Vintage 1966 was aged entirely in a used sherry cask as opposed to a Bourbon hogshead cask that was used for the Vintage 1964. The resulting single malt is a remarkable liquid that layers the soft smooth notes of The Glenlivet with delicate spice – a teasing intermingling of cinnamon and liquorice – and offers an exceptionally long, smooth finish, with a pleasing hint of dryness.
The Glenlivet Winchester Collection was the world’s first series of 50 Year Old single malt Scotch whiskies, which will be released over the next few years. The inaugural Vintage 1964 was released in 2014 and Vintage 1966 is the second release, taking its name from current Master Distiller Alan Winchester.
Nose: Rich aromas of treacle, moist raisins and homemade apricot jam.
Palate: An abundance of soft fruits, sweet treacle and juicy orange, intermingled with cinnamon and liquorice adding a layer of delicate spice.
Finish: Exceptionally luscious with a long smooth finish, and a hint of dryness.
The Winchester Collection Vintage 1966 bottle was created around the concept of water, paying homage to The Glenlivet’s Gaelic translation of ‘Valley of the Smooth Flowing One’.
Elegant flow lines are sculpted into the glass to create a sense of movement of water. Each bottle has been skillfully mouth-blown by Brodie Nairn, of acclaimed luxury glass studio Glasstorm, to achieve exceptional precision and an exquisite finish. Hand painted gold branding complements the liquid’s rich colour and adds to the products luxury cues.
Every bottle is individually numbered, highlighting its rarity, uniqueness and collectability.
The stopper for The Winchester Collection Vintage 1966 was designed by internationally acclaimed and award winning British silversmith Richard Fox, who has also done work for Rolls Royce and Formula One. Crafted from a bespoke pure gold, created especially for this rare Vintage, the stopper sits proud on top of the unique bottle protecting the exceptional liquid inside. Each stopper is set with a single rare and precious smoky quartz, which is also known as Cairngorm Stone or “Whisky Stone” as a result of its unique colouring. The stones have been specifically selected to match the dark colour of Vintage 1966’s liquid.
Based from his Scottish workshop, John Galvin’s award-winning craft and well-rounded understanding of luxury with over a decade’s worth of experience have been applied to the design of The Winchester Collection Vintage 1966 cabinet.
Each cabinet is made from luxurious dark cherry wood, to complement the whisky’s unique colour. Gold engraving on the exterior and soft ivory leather on the interior, add to the prestige credentials of the cabinet. A hidden key in the cabinet lid ensures the precious whisky inside is locked away. Upon opening the doors of the cabinet, the bespoke mechanism glides the bottle forward, revealing its elegance and beauty.
Vintage 1966 cabinets takes between 55 – 60 hours to craft, with over 100 processes and 50 components in each cabinet.
Certificate of Authenticity
Every uniquely numbered bottle comes with its own Certificate of Authenticity which has been signed by Master Distiller Alan Winchester.
Photo credits: Pernod Ricard Malaysia and author’s own