Langton's Gains Access to Glenlivet Winchester Collection
Saturday, May 19, 2018 in News
Langtons Gains Access to Glenlivet Winchester Collection
The Winchester Collection 50-Year-Old Whisky
Laid down by Cpt. Bill Smith Grant, the last distilling descendant of Glenlivet founder George Smith, The Winchester Collection is the world’s first 50-year-old Single Malt from the original Speyside distillery. Alan joined us at Langton's HQ, to lead us through a tasting Glenlivet and spoke about the rarity of 50-year-old Whisky. During that time in the barrel, the Whisky developed and, as Whisky develops, it dissipates. The 'angel's share' as it is something known. After 50 years, that's a lot going to the angels. As Alan said when discussing the Winchester Collection "You lose 2% a year in the barrel. After 50 years that's a lot gone... so really there's not much of it left."
Alan is not just master distiller, he is a master of understatement. The Whisky in the bottle is as rare as hens' teeth, but the whole piece is a work of art and craft. From the silver capped stone top, to the hand-blown bottle, to the wooden case and gold lock made by master cabinetmaker John Galvin, no expense has been spared in the presentation of this rare and precious liquid. Suffice it to say, if a Scotch Whisky may achieve perfection, The Winchester Collection makes as strong a claim as any to do just that. To add this crowning jewel to your collection, speak to a Langton’s broker.
Alain joined Glenlivet in 1979 and has been as a mashman, brewer, stillman and, since 2009, Master Distiller. He is now the custodian of the distillery, charged with the care of future of the distillery. In Australia, for a short time only, Alain will lead a Glenlivet Masterclass through 15, 18, 21, 25-year-old expressions as well as the Nàdurra First Fill.
Nàdurra means ‘natural’ in the Gaelic tongue, and this small batch expression uses virgin American white oak, hence the name First Fill. These casks have been favoured by Glenlivet since the 19th century. Expressing creamy vanilla notes, the Nàdurra is a single-malt, cask-strength flavourful, textural whisky.
To access the Winchester Collection contact your Wine Broker.