Each New Year brings an array of new releases from whisky brands. But it’s the limited editions that have stood the true test of time. It is the owning of these gems that make the eyes of aficionados and whisky collectors glisten with bliss. The limited editions in whisky, no matter how well priced will always gather an incumbent mark-up given its scarcity. Not only does their unique make give them a standing but their keepsake elegantly designed bottles are a real steal to flaunt at a home bar.
Let’s take a look at some of the legendary limited edition bottles that have given the world’s whisky connoisseurs a run for their money.
This 40 year-old coronation commemorating blend offers your taste buds a superb mix of intense orange, along with creamy, nutty profiles, and an impeccable tone of complex sherry sweetness.
As for the bottle, it is inlaid with 24-carat gold in an ivy blue decanter topped with a diamond shaped stopper. Winning the Whisky Bible Award in 2012 for being the Best Premium No Age Statement Blended Scotch of the Year, they make just four bottles of these every year.
The Glenlivet Winchester Collection 1966
This magnum opus was crafted by a master distiller only to laud another poignant one. Instilled with the flavours like cinnamon, liquorice, and sweet treacle, this single malt is aged for half a century in ex-sherry casks only to burst forth with the lusciousness of soft fruits and rich aromas.
This series releases only 100 bottles a year. Each one is hand blown in the British Isles and capped with precious metals like rose gold and cairngorm stone. Having the semblance of a sturdy square beam of deep amber this whisky bottle travels with its own cabinet.
Dalmore Constellation 1964 Cask 9
The Dalmore Constellation is a rare pearl in the whisky kingdom. Claiming an affluent price and rightly so, they are vintages that have been maturing from 1964 to 1992. The collection comprises of 21 individual releases, each impressively true to its own taste and style, all from Scotland’s most sought-after distilleries.
Aged in American oak casks and for a good 43 years and finished in a Matusalem Oloroso Sherry Butt, these spirits are remarkable for their craftsmanship and the legacy they claim. The bottles that encompass them are exceptionally tantalizing to behold; elegant crystal decanters in lacquered cabinets.
The Balvenie 50-Year-Old Cask No.4567
For any collector who wants to truly savour the eccentricity of richness both in taste and price, the Balvenie 50-Year-Old Cask No.4567 should be the top choice. Matured in 50 year old European hogshead casks, one swig is enough to diffuse rich honey, dried fruit, pudding, and cinnamon notes, leaving an aftertaste of pure brilliance.
There are just 131 bottles released of this excellent whisky crafted by Master Malter David Stewart. The decanter itself is another piece of art. Shaped as a voluptuous crystal cylinder, it comes with a traditional 49 layered wood and 1 layer of brass casing constructed by renowned furniture designer Same Chinnery.
John Walker & Sons Odyssey
This historical whisky is witness to the uncountable miles it has travelled across the globe. John Walker & Sons Odyssey is an exquisite marriage of 3 exceptional single malts and the inspiration drawn from the detailed notes made by Sir Alexander Walker, the grandson of the master distiller himself. Matured in oak casks, one sip into this russet-red smooth liquid offers an unbelievable mix roast walnuts, honey, toffee and mild citrus.
The finish is a luxuriously rich smokiness that sustains forever. The bottle and casing come with yet another interesting tale. Set in crystal glass with symmetrical cuts, the decanter comes in casing that was created specifically for sea voyages. So while the ship pitches and reels under the tide, the bottle stays unperturbed and upright.