Scotch whisky has become an increasingly valuable commodity, with the extra-rare and extra-old stuff garnering record bids at auction. Following a recent discovery, Highland distillery Glenmorangie is offering a rare 1963 bottling through charity auction website CharityBuzz. Proceeds will benefit American Forests, a conservation organization.
The "extra-matured" whisky, distilled and barreled in 1963, was aged 23 years and bottled in 1987. It was re-discovered, according to a release from the company, in one of Glenmorangie's warehouses, where it was inspected by director of distilling Dr. Bill Lumsden for quality, and re-bottled in lavish new packaging.
The whisky, aged first in American oak for 21 years, was finshed for an extra two years in Oloroso sherry casks, a common treatment now, but fairly unusual in the 1980s. Only 50 bottles of the whisky remain, and the U.S. is scheduled to receive 20 of them (how the other 19 U.S. bottles are to be sold was not available at press time). The whisky has been repackaged in a metal "time capsule"-inspired box with an oak wood interior. The new bottles are individually numbered and collar and embellished with a silver collar and cork.
"This is a phenomenal whisky, capable of transporting those lucky enough to sample it back in time to the heady days of 1963," Lumsden said in a release from the company.
Bidding on the Glenmorangie 1963 began December 2, and continues through Friday, December 13 at 3 p.m. EST. The bottle is estimated to bring in about $2,700, and the current bid at press time was $550. Proceeds benefit American Forests, an organization dedicated to protecting and restoring forests, parks, urban forests and rain forests. For more information, visit CharityBuzz.com
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