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Spirits brand releases rare bottle in British Columbia

Posted: January 14, 2016 by
Katie Gravely

Bottle No. 68 of the Balvenie 'Fifty' cask 4567 releases today, Jan. 12 at the BC Liquor Store, Cambie Store location in Vancouver, British Columbia. The limited edition bottle is listed at $45,000 CDN and is among the most complex, elegant and finest whiskies ever released from Warehouse 24, according to a release.

This year's release is one of only 131 bottles in the world and will be the only bottle made available in Canada.

"On the rare occasions that Scotch whisky is left in cask to mature for 50 years, there is no guarantee it will turn out to be a great single malt," says Elizabeth Havers, The Balvenie Brand Ambassador in Canada. "In the case of The Balvenie 'Fifty', Malt Master David Stewart has created a unique combination of natural alchemy and centuries old craftsmanship, and we are delighted to know that this expression will find a loving home here in Canada."

The whisky matured in cask 4567 has developed into an example of the mysteries of maturation and Malt Master David Stewart's lifetime of dedication to his craft. 'Fifty' is an extremely rare release characterized by its reddish hues, dark fruits and spice with a deep and lingering fruity sweetness on the tongue.

Hand-filled at The Balvenie distillery into hand-blown glass bottles, the 'Fifty' is the pinnacle of The Balvenie range that has lain in European oak hogsheads since being filled on May 28,1963. Each bottle is delicately housed in handcrafted wooden cases that were made with forty-nine layers of wood and a closing layer in brass, which echoes the fittings of the distillery's stills and spirit safes.