Fifty years in the making, The Balvenie Fifty is a rare bottle of whiskey that was distilled in 1962 and celebrates the half-century dedication of David Stewart, now the longest tenured malt master in Scotland.
After starting his career as an intern at a distillery the same year The Balverie Fifty was bottled in 1962, Stewart eventually became a Malt Master “nosing more than 400,000 casks of whiskey through the years” according to FoxNews.com. Fifty years later, Stewart says, “Cask 5576 and I have shared the last five decades together at The Balvenie Distillery and as single malt making is as much art and alchemy as precise science, the interaction between wood and maturing whiskey means each cask will produce something entirely unique. It’s true to say I have a dream job and I’ve been privileged to taste a lot of wonderful whiskey in my time, but it’s a great delight to discover how after half a century this unique cask has turned out a truly special single malt.”
Packaged in a container made from layers of seven different Scottish woods, the fragrant and floral Balvenie Fifty is limited to only 88 bottles, “elevating the price of the highly exclusive expression to $32,000) for a bottle of the single malt”, Lostinasupermarket.com reports. Approximately 400 bottles of whiskey filled the original cask, however, “most of it evaporated over the last fifty years as the liquid and barrel interacted.”