Glenfiddich Rare Collection 1937

In 1937, the year of King George VI’s coronation, cask 843 was laid down in the dark, damp dunnage warehouse at the Glenfiddich Distillery. There it sat for 64 years, maturing and developing into a truly superb Scotch whisky. In October 2001, the Glenfiddich Malt Master declared it an exceptional whisky. Only 61 precious bottles of this treasured spirit were ever filled and sold.

Characters Fine Dining is extremely honoured to have available one bottle of the oldest and most expensive Scotch whisky in the world.

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Glenfiddich ® Rare Collection 1937

After 64 years of maturation, the world’s oldest and most expensive bottle of Scotch whisky has been released – Glenfiddich Rare Collection 1937. Only 61 bottles of this exquisite liquid will ever be available, priced at $22000 per bottle (the equivalent of $1500 a measure).Glenfiddich Rare Collection 1937 started its life one summer’s day in 1937 when oak cask 843, hand made by distillery coopers, was filled with spirit from the stills at The Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland, and laid down in a dunnage warehouse to mature. Normally whiskies that reach this great age have either been spoilt or have lost their strength, however this whisky is exceptional having matured slowly, allowing it to develop a unique character. With its wonderful toffee caramel and cinnamon nose, chocolate and treacle flavors and unique rich walnut colour, Glenfiddich Rare Collection 1937 is an extraordinary whisky, full of complexity, subtlety and character. Cask 843 has lived through 64 years and numerous monumental world events, from the Second World War, to the first man landing on the moon and the demise of the Berlin Wall.

Glenfiddich Rare Collection 1937 was distilled in the same year that George VI became King of England, when JRR Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ was first published and Walt Disney’s ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ was first released as a full length animated feature film. At the time, the Glenfiddich Distillery was one of only six distilleries open and producing whisky in Scotland. This makes Scotch whisky from 1937 extremely rare. One day the warehouse key holder, responsible for monitoring the consistent quality of Glenfiddich came across cask 843 and discovered an unusually slow maturing Scotchwhisky. He decided to leave it where it was in the cold, dark and damp warehouse providing perfect maturation conditions, and continued to monitor its development. Over its long life ten consecutive warehouse key holders at the Glenfiddich Distillery patiently watched over cask 843. It was only in the autumn of 2001 that present day Glenfiddich Malt Master,

David Stewart, declared the Glenfiddich in cask 843 was truly exceptional. On 24 October 2001, cask 843 was removed from its dark, damp home, hand filled into just 61 bottles at 44% ABV (64 years of evaporation had taken the rest, ‘the angel’s share’), individually numbered with handwritten labels, signed by Peter Gordon, the great-great grandson of Glenfiddich founder, William Grant, and presented in an oak box with its own lock and key. Commented David Stewart: “Glenfiddich Rare Collection 1937 is a truly unique and exquisite malt whisky of exceptional character. As well as being the oldest whisky in the world and a very collectable piece, if you can afford to share it with your friends, it would make for the most wonderful taste experience.” The Glenfiddich Malt Masters, tasting notes on cask 843 Colour Rich walnut, dark amber and bronze.

Nose Huge and complex, robust oak, burnt heather. Poached pears in chocolate, toffee, raisins,Cinnamon and cloves. A touch of leather and dark roast ground coffee. Taste Initialcosseting smoothness, treacle, sweet, then cedar, oak and drying bitter chocolate-notes..Finish doesn’t overstay. Heavy oak, sweet tobacco, and rich fruit cake. Smoky and very warming.


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