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Rare And Collectible Whiskey For Every Connoisseur

Rare And Collectible Whiskey For Every Connoisseur

There are few greater delights than a perfect bottle of whisky, particularly to the hedonistic whisky connoisseur. Old and rare whiskies hold incredible value and ought to be enjoyed and savoured before too much is given to the angel's share. But, from big name Scotch distillers to emerging Japanese craft brands, there’s much to choose from and flavours can vary wildly depending on region, maturation and ageing method.

In honour of World Whisky Day, we've rounded up some of the finest and rare whiskies available to buy now with bottling notes from the providers. If you're looking for something more affordable this World Whisky Day, check out our pick of single malt whiskey and be sure to shop our edit of whisky decanters and whiskey glasses to accompany!

Royal Salute 52-Year-Old

Released towards the end of 2019, this latest bottling is unveiled as one of the finest vintages from Royal Salute. First blended back in 2005, the 52-year-old has reaped the rewards of 14 years in a single cask.

Nose: Intensely fruity with notes of ripe plum, toffee red apples and dark chocolate covered hazelnuts

Palate: A soft and creamy texture of sweet orange marmalade with a hint of ginger and scented cloves

Finish: Soft ripe pears in syrup and a tantalising touch of liquorice

44.8% ABV

£24,000 thewhiskyexchange.com

Mortlach 26-Year-Old

Having been matured in first fill Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez sherry-seasoned casks for 26 years, this whisky is bold with plenty of character.It's a limited edition vintage with only 3,883 bottles produced, each printed with their unique bottle number.

Nose: Leather, polished wood and furniture polish, it’s like an antique shop in here. There’s also walnuts, cooked peaches, dried apricots and dates.

Palate: Full creamy texture, oily even, with savoury notes of leather and tobacco, joined after some time with sweeter fudge, chocolate and vanilla with a touch of wood tannin and some dark cherry fruit.

Finish: Very long; to begin with its pepper and orange peel but the lingering taste is sweeter with chocolate and salted caramel notes

53.3% ABV

£1,495, Masterofmalt.com

The Macallan 52 Year Old (2018 Release)

Like gold dust, this is just one of 255 bottles. Aged in first-fill European oak sherry seasoned cask the 52-year-old comes in an oak presentation box.

Nose: Leather, polished wood and furniture polish, it’s like an antique shop in here. There’s also walnuts, cooked peaches, dried apricots and dates.

Palate: Full creamy texture, oily even, with savoury notes of leather and tobacco, joined after some time with sweeter fudge, chocolate and vanilla with a touch of wood tannin and some dark cherry fruit.

Finish: Long; to begin with its pepper and orange peel but the lingering taste is sweeter, chocolate and salted caramel note that goes on.

53.3% ABV

£79,995, masterofmalt.com

Balvenie 56 Year Old 1962

This 56-year-old was released as part of the The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter Five, a collection which honours malt master David C. Stewart MBE, and features whisky picked out by the man himself. A limited run of only 90 bottles make this one exclusive whisky.

Nose: Fragrant fruity and honeyed, ending on a delicate spiciness.

Palate: Rich, velvety with toffee, honeycomb, vanilla, orange peel and ginger.

Finish: Sweet, citrus and gentle spices.

42.1% ABV

£38,465, masterofmalt.com

Glenlivet 64 Year Old 1954

Having spent six decades in single refill sherry casks, Gordon & MacPhail bottled it up in 2018 for the Private Collection. Only 222 bottles were released and the whisky comes in a wooden presentation box.

Nose: Initially sweet with hints of brown sugar, toffee apple with light herbal aromas. Cinnamon and aniseed notes add depth, whisky thick fruit jam, lemon curd and vanilla undertones linger.

Palate: Silky smooth and mouth coating. Thick golden syrup mingles with stewed fruit, rum and raisin and touches of dark chocolate compliment the delicate sherry flavours. Sweet brown sugar remains, whilst hints of walnut add a slightly drying aspect.

Finish: A refined and humble dram with a black peppercorn and lingering mature oak finish.

41% ABV

£9,995, masterofmalt.com

Bowmore Black 3-Year-Old 1964 - Final Edition

The final batch of a three-part release of Oloroso cask 1964, bottled back in 1990. These three releases have earned themselves huge respect from whisky enthusiasts. Tasting notes for this whisky are very limited and come complete with their original presentation boxes.

'With an almost unfathomable concentration and intensity of flavour, and with the perfect balance of fruit, peat and power.'

49% ABV

£22,000, thewhiskyexchange.com

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