With house prices in the pre-Brexit doldrums and the classic car boom almost certainly over, investors are casting around for the next big thing – and some are now looking at rare whisky as a safe place to put their money.
For those lucky enough to have £20,000/$25,000 to invest, the Winchester Collection Vintage 1967 might be just the ticket. The collaboration represents the first time The Glenlivet has collaborated with a designer in this way and the result is stunning; the maple and copper case and hand-blown glass bottle were created by Bethan Gray, whose grandfather worked as a forester in Cairngorms, home of The Glenlivet and the area from which she drew her inspiration.
Blended by master distiller Alan Winchester, the fifty-year-old whisky presents a nose rendolent of “apricot jam and ripe peaches with just a a hint of toasted almonds”. The taste evokes “fondant orange and milk chocolate with a lingering, velvety texture”.
Not that many people will ever get to taste it; this is a bottle of whisky aimed at the discerning collector who would rather show their bottle off than drink it.
And why not? The hand-stained maple case has solid copper overlays that reflect The Glenlivet’s charred barrels and copper stills, and the mother-of-pearl inlays reflect the local freshwater pearl mussel shells indigenous to the Spey River. The bottle is just as complex; blown by master glassblower Brodie Nairn and then hand-cut and painted, it is so complex that eight bottles are created for every one that is eventually used…
A blend of rare single malts, the youngest of which was laid down by former The Glenlivet master distiller, Robert Arthur in 1967, only 150 bottles of the Winchester Collection Vintage 1967 will be available globally.