Uisge Beatha ~ the water of life ~ Whisky
Highlander Inn 2006 Single Cask Bottlings ~ Glenlivet & Bowmore
!! SOLD OUT !!
In June 2006 we were approached by our friends at Hankyu Department Store in Osaka, Japan, to produce 2 exclusive single cask bottlings.
One was to be a very limited edition "5th Anniversary" malt to mark Duncan Elphick's 5th annual visit to Hankyu's British Fair in October 2006.
The second was to be a "super elite" limited edition for their V.I.P. customers.
We discussed what we should produce and decided to speak to Euan Shand and Mark Watt at Duncan Taylor & Company to see if they had any suitable casks for this very prestigious project.
For the "5th Anniversary" malt we chose a Glenlivet, distilled on 11th August 1970, bottled on 17th August 2006, at it's natural cask strength of 50.1% abv, and limited to only 84 bottles, a true limited edition.
Why Glenlivet? Simply because it's one of the world's most famous malt whiskies.
Why 1970? It was distilled in the same year as Hankyu's very first " British Fair" ~ a 36 year old malt whisky to accompany a 36 year old fair.
All the bottles were exported to Japan with a handful remaining at the Highlander Inn where it can be tasted in the bar at £9.50 per nip (25ml).
If you are lucky enough to come across a bottle for sale now, expect to pay around £200.00.
For the "super elite" limited edition bottling we eventually chose a 1966 Bowmore. This is a 40 year old malt whisky at it's natural cask strength of 43.5% abv.
Only 14 bottles were produced, 12 were exported to Japan where they were immediately snapped up ~ at over £600.00 each!
One went to a good friend of the Highlander Inn living in Germany.
The last one remains at the Highlander Inn, and is not for sale ~ at any price ~ although we were recently
offered over £1,500.00 for it!
All 14 bottles IN THE WORLD of our 1966 Bowmore just after being hand labeled.