If you’re the sort of traveller who swings by duty free store at Sydney airport for a couple of bottles of whisky for $80, then this story is probably not for you.
If, however, coming home is your chance to pick up a bottle or two of otherwise expensive single malts – say perhaps 25 or 30 years old, then Glenfiddich, the family-owned Speyside distillery run by the fifth generation of William Grant & Sons, has put together something truly special if money is no object.
Glenfiddich 1977 Rare Collection Cask No. 15176 is part of the Glenfiddich Rare Collection Programme, from a single cask chosen by the distillery’s Malt Master, Brian Kinsman.
The 40-year-old single malt can be yours for just $AU4,352 at the Heinemann Duty Free stores (imagine how much tax treasurer Scott Morrison must be missing out on with that one) in Sydney and Kuala Lumpur.
The whisky was put into an American Oak Refill Hogshead cask 40 years ago, when Kinsman was a wee lad, who singled out cask 15176 and bottled it last June, producing just 150 bottles.
If you stump up the cash, you’ll find it comes individually number in a clear bottle in a hand-crafted leather box with a suede-like lining.
Here are Kinsman’s tasting notes on his wee dram:
Nose – Intensely fruity and sweet. Old fashioned boiled sweets, pear drops and hints of caramel shortcake.
Taste – Beautifully rich, sweet and oaky. The aromatic fruits dance on the tongue with zesty orange and grapefruit. Deep oak notes follow and add balance to the fruity sweetness
Finish – Long, lingering oak notes
Of course it makes The Balvenie 30-year-old single malt, another William Grant & Sons whisky produced in Dufftown under the genius of David Stewart, the master of the finish, look like a bargain at only $1,430, but it’s still cheaper that the cult Port Ellen 37-year-old, available duty free for $4,600.
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