Rare Balvenie® 50-Year-Old Scotch Whisky to be Released in Vancouver, British Columbia

The $45,000 bottle will be on sale at BC Liquor Store's Flagship Cambie Location

VANCOUVER, Jan. 7, 2016 /CNW/ - On January 12th, bottle number 68 of The Balvenie® 'Fifty' cask 4567 will be released for sale at the BC Liquor Store, Cambie Store location in Vancouver, British Columbia. Listed at CDN $45,000, the limited edition bottle is among the most complex, elegant and finest whiskies ever to be released from Warehouse 24, the home of The Balvenie®'s oldest and rarest whiskies. 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," said 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 a stunning 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 28th in 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.

In honour of this year's release, Elizabeth Havers, Brand Ambassador for The Balvenie® in Canada, will host a tasting class at the BC Liquor Store Cambie Location on January 13, 2016. And, for the whisky enthusiasts, Elizabeth will be hosting The Balvenie® Master Class at the Victoria Whisky Show on January 16.

To learn more about this superb whisky, visit https://www.theBalvenie® .com or view The Balvenie® 'Fifty' video on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_bj80paaI0.

TASTING NOTES (750 ml, 45.4% ABV)

  • Rich and deep with an abundance of elegant oak, notes of sweet raisins and a subtle ginger spiciness.
  • Lush with dark fruits, a spicy outburst of ground ginger and cinnamon, and a lingering fruity sweetness.

About William Grant & Sons Ltd.
William Grant & Sons is an independent family-owned distiller founded by William Grant in 1887 and today still controlled by the fifth generation of his family. Named 'IWSC Distiller of the Year' in 2013 for the sixth consecutive year, William Grant & Sons distils some of the world's leading brands of Scotch whisky, including the world's favourite single malt Glenfiddich®, the handcrafted range of The Balvenie® ® single malts and one of the world's best loved blended Scotches, Grant's®, as well as selected other spirits, including Hendrick's® Gin, and Sailor Jerry® Spiced Rum and Tullamore Dew®.

Note to editors: Elizabeth Havers will be available for broadcast interviews on Monday, January 11 and Tuesday January 12

SOURCE William Grant & Sons Ltd.

Image with caption: "The Balvenie 'Fifty' is one of only 131 bottles in the world. Canada will receive one bottle which be available for purchase in Vancouver, British Columbia as of January 12th, 2016. (CNW Group/William Grant & Sons Ltd.)". Image available at: https://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160107_C8264_PHOTO_EN_593411.jpg

For further information: Amanda Gun-Munro, AGM*PR, amanda@agmpr.net, 647-969-6413

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