“It’s an honor to be able to share such a rare, distinct whisky as Marriage 0614,” says Stewart. “Its creation let us reach into the distillery’s oldest and most precious stocks, and working with such varied liquids, with all their distinct palettes and differences in maturity and ABV, is undoubtedly one of the most enjoyable and challenging aspects of my role.”
Each bottle is presented in a wooden canister that befits its extraordinary nature / ©The Balvenie
Stewart does benefit from access to one of the most prized aged stocks in Speyside. The Balvenie has a rich history of 50-year-old whiskies, bottling its first in 1987 when such ages were incredibly rare. Like those that came before it, the 0614 is extremely limited with just 148 bottles available. Its rarity is reflected in the price with a bottle setting you back $40,500.
Each bottle is presented in a wooden canister that befits its extraordinary nature. Each canister is comprised of 50 layers, 48 layers of elm and two of brass, expertly handcrafted by Scottish wood craftsman, Sam Chinnery, at his workshop on Bruntlands Farm near Elgin, Scotland. All of the wood has been sourced from the grounds of The Balvenie Distillery in Speyside.
The presentation also includes a gold-plated certificate and bottle glorifier, inscribed with the tasting notes of each constituent cask and the taste, palette and finish of the final marriage. The decanter itself has been hand-blown from 100% lead-free crystal by expert craftsmen at Glasstorm.
The Balvenie Fifty: Marriage 0614 tasting notes
Nose: Deep dark spices, rich fruit cake, lots of elegant oak notes, followed by sweeter aromas of dried fruits, raisins and sultanas ending on a ginger spiciness.
Palate: Rich and lush with some bitter chocolate. Intensely spicy, there is a maple syrup sweetness, hints of honey and well-integrated oak tannins.
Finish: Rich and mouth coating with those sweet and oaky spiced notes.