Weekly Whisk(e)y Wrap: Balvenie, GlenDronach, Bowmore

By Neat Pour Staff |

Scotchies, it’s time to take the hammer to your piggy banks! The Balvenie unveiled an even more ridiculous chapter in their DCS Compendium Series; The GlenDronach bought back their prized Revival expression; and Bowmore lifted the curtain on the last installment of their  Vintner’s Trilogy.

Christie’s Balvenie Auction Lot

Ultra-lux spirits often are sold with some fancy packaging and swag tossed in, but The Balvenie is taking that marketing act to another level. The next chapter of the rare DCS Compendium Series will debut in a special edition that comes with a pimped out Morgan V8 Roadster (yes, a car) plus a trip to the distillery in Scotland. There is only of these insane packages for sale and it will be sold only at auction via Christie’s.

“We are honored to be working closely with The Balvenie and delighted to bring this unique lot to sale. With an estimate at $100,000-$150,000, this is the highest value lot ever to be offered in this category for an online sale,” Christie’s Head of Wine Department for the Americas Chris Munro said. “It’s also an interesting lot for us, as it combines luxury handcrafted goods with a one-of-a-kind experience, making a lot that is already extremely exclusive even more enticing.”

The bespoke roadster is pretty cool, but Chapter Four of the DCS Compendium is a real stunner. The five single cask, single malts in the set are selected by Malt Master David C. Stewart MBE from Balvenie’s archives to reflect the theme of “Expecting the Unexpected.” The past three chapters have been straight-up stunners filled with once-in-a-lifetime bottles.

The official announcement did not specify the exact bottles in the new collection. So, we zoomed in really, really big on the picture. The fine print was still not visible, but we could discern that the vintages are 1971, 1982, 1992, 1999, and 2009.

Bidding will be online and will be slated to begin at 10am (EST) on September 25th and close out at 10am (EST).

Glen Dronach Revival

The GlenDronach is bringing back a cult favorite. For three long years, the cruel externalities of the Whisk(e)y Boom kept GlenDronach’s 15 Year Revival off the shelves, but now supply has finally caught up with demand and the Revival has been, well, revived.

“Today marks the return of The GlenDronach 15 Year Old Revival, an iconic aged expression of critical acclaim, revered by connoisseurs around the globe,” explained Rachel Barrie, Master Blender, BenRiach, The GlenDronach and Glenglassaugh in a statement. “After years of slumber, this relaunched expression embodies The GlenDronach signature style of Spanish oak maturation in fine Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks from Andalucía. Over 15 years in the darkness of our dunnage warehouses, the spirit has grown in stature, refinement and intensity.”

The Revival expression was introduced in the late 90’s and quickly became popular; in fact, it was so popular that The GlenDronach was forced to halt distribution in 2015. Clocking in at 46% ABV, the non chill filtered single malt will first be available at the distillery and then hit U.S. shelves in October of this year. MSRP is $89.99.

Bowmore Vintner’s Trilogy

Bowmore just released the final installation of their high-end Vintner’s Trilogy. The 27 Year Old Port Cask is aged for 13 years in old bourbon barrels (charred white oak) and then “finished” out for 14 years in port pipes.

“We are thrilled to release Bowmore 27 Year Old Port Cask to complete the Bowmore Vintner’s Trilogy,” says Kale Schnettler, Director Super Premium Whiskey at Beam Suntory in a statement. “Steeped in nearly 240 years of heritage, coupled with our No. 1 Vaults aging warehouse has made this brand one of the world’s most coveted Scotch whiskies. This Vintner’s Trilogy exemplifies the expertise of our distiller and blender to produce three distinctly different, wine-matured whiskies meant to be sipped, savored and certainly collected.”

The Port Cask is the finale of a range that includes the previously released 18 Year Old Double Matured Manzanilla and 26 Year Old Wine Matured. (If you hadn’t figured it out–barrels from wine products are the common thread.) The new expression boasts “deep mahogany coloring with flavors of sultanas, sugarplums and salted caramel added to Bowmore’s signature sweet and salty notes with a touch of smoke” according to the distiller.

The premium whisky is non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength of 48.3% ABV. It also ain’t cheap, demanding a MSRP of $520.00.

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