The Balvenie has announced the release of The Balvenie Fifty: Marriage 0962, which is comprised of rare liquid sourced from four American Oak casks aged 50 years or more.

Liquid given 50 years or more to express itself can develop flavours that are intriguing but the taste can be complex and therefore marrying whisky of this age is rarely attempted, according to the distiller. Marriage 0962 is so name because the number corresponds with the month and year malt master David Stewart MBE joined William Grant & Sons.

He said: “Marrying aged whisky stocks is undoubtedly one of the most challenging, yet enjoyable facets of my role as The Balvenie Malt Master. This was a chance to explore the furthest reaches of our precious aged stocks and see how their extremes could be controlled and combined. Despite enjoying more than 55 years in the business, I am still discovering and learning new things about the science and art of whisky making. The creation of Marriage 0962 took months of patience to complete, as we are dealing with liquids with extremes in ABV, taste and age. It is not every day I get the opportunity to work with liquids of such age, so it was a huge pleasure to be able to share it with the world today.”

Each bottling of Marriage 0692 is presented in a wooden tube comprised of 50 layers, 48 of walnut and two of brass, handcrafted by Scottish wood craftsman Sam Chinnery at his workshop near Elgin, Scotland.

Alwynne Gwilt, UK brand ambassador for The Balvenie, said: ”We are lucky to have an incredible array of old whisky stocks, deriving from the fact that we have had consistency through both family ownership and David’s long term commitment to the company. I am very excited to see this new release come to market as there is something markedly special about releasing a whisky which has spent so many decades in casks at our beautiful home in Speyside. The skill which David brings to his role as malt master is unparalleled and I have no double that the consumers who try this will be blown away as they always are at David’s creations.”

The Balvenie Fifty: Marriage 0962 launches in the UK in August 2018. There will be 12 exclusive bottles available at specialist whisky retailers including Harrods, Hedonism and Selfridges prices at £27,000.