Only 15 bottles of the 50 year old Scotch Whisky made it to the United States.
By John Bautista Virata
Scotland’s Balvenie Fifty Whisky could be one of the most expensive bottle of Scotch whisky currently on the market, but why is it out of the realm of most whisky sippers? At $38,000 a bottle it better be a damn good spirit, and by most accounts, it apparently is. The whisky, about the same price as a 2015 Ford Mustang GT 5.0, started its journey a year before Ford unleashed the Mustang on the American public. Whisky makers at Scotland’s Balvenie distillery filled up a cask in 1963 and closed it up, knowing full well that it wouldn’t be opened for 50 years. The distillery opened the cask this year and bottled a limited number of Balvenie Fifty Whisky.
Balvenie distillery Whisky Maker Dave Stewart told CNN Money that the whisky is spicy with notes of ginger, nutmeg, dried fruit and dates. Stewart should know as he is only the fifth person to hold the malt master job in the distillery’s 125-year whisky making history. Whisky making at the distillery hasn’t changed much in 125 years and that is part of the reason the cost for this bottle of whisky is what it is. Barley is malted on the premises and the distillery is one of just six in Scotland that has its own malting floor. The other 94 or so distilleries rely on outside sources for this task. The barley is acquired only from the farms that surround the distillery. But these are not the only reasons. A cask usually yields about 400 bottles. The whisky yield from the cask in this case was just 131 bottles, considerably less. Of the 131 bottles of Balvenie Fifty Whisky, just 15 made it to the United States. Currently only 88 bottles are available to the public. Its alcohol content? 44.1 percent, just above the strength required to label it as Scotch whisky. So, if you are a Scotch whisky lover and have the means, indulge in a bottle of Balvenie Fifty Whisky, if you can find one.