On Monday, The Balvenie announced that it would be selling one of the oldest whiskies made available to the public: a 50-year-old scotch. And yes, it’s $38,000 for a 750ml bottle. The whisky is sourced from four American Oak casks, each aged 50 years or more, and then blended together.
In a statement, malt master David C. Stewart said, “Marrying aged whisky stocks in undoubtedly one of the most challenging, yet enjoyable facets of my role…this was a chance to explore the furthest reaches of our precious aged stocks.” He goes on to say how The Balvenie Fifty took months to complete, as liquids of extreme ABV, taste, and age are more difficult to work with.
According to The Balvenie, the whisky combines “malt and oak lusciously [with] brown sugar, toffee, and some spiced ground ginger.” As for taste, drinkers will find it “deep and mature with oak, some maple syrup, tangy citrus notes, and nutmeg, ending on a delicious honeyed sweetness.”
Clocking in at 41.6 percent ABV, the whisky is now available at select retailers across the US.