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October 28, 2013

An Ultra-Exclusive Whisky

By Chadner Navarro | Drinks

An Ultra-Exclusive Whisky
Courtesy of Glenmorangie

In 1987, Glenmorangie released a revolutionary single-malt Scotch whisky that had been aged in not only a standard American oak barrel but also in a former sherry cask. The use of two different types of barrels, which the company claims was the first of its kind for a Scotch, has now become a standard technique—and that 1963 vintage has become legendary.

To commemorate this pioneering spirit, the brand is releasing 50 bottles ($3,600 each) of the whisky, 20 of which will be available in the United States starting in November. “The re-release of Glenmorangie 1963 gives single-malt whisky aficionados a unique opportunity to own and enjoy a truly groundbreaking Scotch whisky,” says brand director Maxime Balay.

The aroma of toasted coconut, vanilla fudge, cherries, dates, marzipan and walnuts characterizes the nose. It is rich yet easy to drink, with fruit flavors (pineapple, caramelized oranges) mingling with sharp spices like cinnamon, cloves and ginger. Sophisticated, a bit complicated and rare, 1963 might be the most interesting dram you pour this year. glenmorangie.com.

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