Listen up, whiskey lovers. This month, The Balvenie is releasing another batch of its highly-sought-after 50-year-old scotch whisky. But don’t get too excited. You haven’t seen the price tag yet.
The Balvenie Fifty: Marriage 0962, a blend of whisky aged in four American oak casks for 50 years or more, is one of the oldest Scotch whiskys ever sold on the consumer market. The price matches that exclusivity, running an extraordinary $38,000 for a 750-milliliter bottle.
So besides mature, what does a 50-year-old scotch taste like? The Balvenie describes Marriage 0962 as combining “malt and oak with brown sugar, toffee and ground ginger on the nose,” which is then followed by “further oaky notes, maple syrup, tangy citrus” and the “classic honeyed sweetness” well-known to The Balvenie drinkers. The finish? “Long and lingering, with dried fruits and vanilla oaky spice notes.” It’s bottled at 41.6 percent ABV.
This isn’t the first time The Balvenie has released a 50-year-old scotch. The distillery sold similar limited-releases in 1987, 2002, 2012 and 2014. Although impressively aged, other distilleries have gone even further. Earlier this year, The Macallan released a 72-year-old whiskey, its oldest bottle to date, and before that a pair of 60-year-old Macallan bottles sold for a staggering $1.2 million at an airport in Dubai.
Don’t rush to the store just yet. Only a limited amount of Marriage 0962 bottles will be sold at specialty retailers.