With just a few bottles of limited editions remaining at London’s Gatwick airport, this true and timeless expression from The Glenlivet is the perfect gift for private collectors and whisky connoisseurs
Time is running out for British whisky connoisseurs to get their hands on the coveted The Glenlivet Single Cask Edition Collection. After all 222 bottles of the 25 year old American Oak Barrel limited edition available at London Heathrow sold out, collectors turned their attention to the 23 year old American Oak Barrel variant still available at London Gatwick. Since The Glenlivet Single Cask Edition Collection launched in September, the various editions of the definitive Speyside single malt became instant collectors’ item thanks to their unique production method.
The benchmark for all other Speyside single malts, The Glenlivet is the definitive whisky to be measured against. Created to meet the insatiable demand from single malt lovers around the world for rare, prestigious and collectable Scotch whiskies, each The Glenlivet Single Cask Edition is individually numbered and presented in a prestige hand-crafted wooden case. This echoes the craftsmanship that goes into the whisky within and contributes to its success as the ultimate gift for the festive period.
Creating a rare whisky
Hand selected by The Glenlivet’s expert team of craftsmen, no two casks of The Glenlivet Single Cask Edition are ever the same. The result is a rare and distinctive tasting experience. Highly aged 15 years old and above before being bottled at cask strength without chill-filtration, the whisky captures the incredibly rich and distinct flavour of the cask itself. For the 23 year old American Oak Barrel Limited Edition available at London Gatwick, this process locks in its character, resulting in aromas of incredible sweet white chocolate praline and sugared almonds complemented perfectly by smooth heather honey and a burst of citrus lemon. Tasting notes of warming ginger spice undulates through indulgent rich fudge and creamy lemon posset, with a tantalising background of soft baked apples and sweet toffee, balanced perfectly with a smooth and sweet delicate oak spice finish.
What makes a whisky worth its salt?
A Single Malt: This is a hot topic of debate, but most whisky connoisseurs believe a single malt is the most superior. This is a whisky that comes from one single distillery.
Single Cask: Even single malts can be blended from various casks, so a single malt from a single cask is a big deal and one that is relatively unknown to the general public. Single malt matured in one singular cask and bottled straight from the cask ensures the number of bottles are limited and rare – usually just 150-600 bottles per cask. The casks can be American Barrel, Ex-Sherry Butt or Traditional Cask and each brings different flavours to the whisky during maturation.
Rarity: The rarity of a whisky is generally in parity to the dedication and skill involved in creating it. The more time, attention and care given to the craft, the likelier it is that the number of bottles available will be limited. This in turn increases exclusively because it becomes a desirable and discerning collector’s item.
Age: With age comes wisdom and character but this only counts in the casks, not when stored on the shelf (unlike some wines). Age changes the colour, taste and nose of a whisky. Leaving whisky in barrels for longer develops its maturity, particularly as the casks flavours and colour infuse into the liquid. Generally speaking, younger whiskies taste more ‘aggressive’, whereas more mature whiskies are smoother.
Uniqueness: Every cask is unique and can never be replicated, which means every bottle of liquid from each cask is, too. This adds to the purity, rarity and exquisite quality that attracts connoisseurs around the world.
Lisa McCann, Brand Director for Malts, comments: “The Glenlivet Single Cask Edition Collection is a tribute to The Glenlivet’s rich heritage and wealth of expertise. As rare and unique whisky’s, we knew the limited edition variants available in the UK would be well received, which is why we aren’t surprised to see the 25 year old sold out at Heathrow.
“The demand from consumers for refined and finite malt whisky from The Glenlivet has resulted in these highly coveted collector’s items and we’re delighted with the success so far. It won’t be long before the remaining bottles of the 23 year old available at London Gatwick are gone.”
The Glenlivet Master Distiller, Alan Winchester, adds: “Through the Single Cask Edition, Single Malt enthusiasts can own an exclusive piece of The Glenlivet’s history. Each bottle is the result of a combination of liquid, cask and age and can never be replicated again. Embracing the cask’s original character and flavour, it offers one of the purest Single Malt experiences available and the finished product is a whisky that our founder, George Smith – a man who pioneered the original Speyside style – would be proud of.”
A handful of the 23 year old American Oak Barrel The Glenlivet Single Cask Edition are still available exclusively at London Gatwick until stocks last. RRP £350.00.
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