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Post-War Treasure

Post-War Treasure
December 19, 2016 Jackie Teo

Sometimes, you don’t really need too many words. What we have here is a 62-year-old whisky from the Glenfarclas distillery. The Glenfarclas Pagoda Ruby Reserve was recently launched by whisky investment specialists, The Whisky Corporation.

This was distilled in 1954 and bottled in 2016 from a single cask. It’s limited to 470 bottles and its decanter, adorned with actual rubies, is made by Scottish glassware maker, Glencairn. This is the second oldest official bottling of a single malt Scotch whisky, after The Macallan 65 in Lalique. The price for a piece of whisky history is currently S$55,000 (for a 700ml bottle).

Here’s the rest of the information, in case you need to justify your purchase:

Very old whiskies made in the post-war era are very rare because of several reasons.

In the 1950s, most single malt whiskies would have went into blends and given the dire economic situation during and after the Second World War, many distilleries scaled back their production significantly.

Over at the production side of things, the Angel’s Share, or evaporation during maturation, depletes the amount of spirit in the casks. According to Whisky Mag, the depletion rate is about 2 per cent a year. In short, most of the spirit in the cask would be gone after 62 long years.

Which is why, you have to deeply appreciate the availability of this 62-year-old Glenfarclas.

This whisky was distilled in 1954, when the Spirit Act of the 1860s that prohibited simultaneous mashing and distilling, was repealed. More significantly, this was also the time when the distillery did their own floor maltings and had access to “real” sherry butts for maturation. So in other words, a sip of this brings you back to a time when whiskies were arguably, better made.

This cask was chosen by Stephen Notman, one of the youngest persons to be a Keeper of the Quaich and a respected judge at the World Whisky Awards as well as the International Wine and Spirits Competitions. He said that great care has been put into the selection process; he wanted the spirit to reflect Glenfarclas’ style of that era. The exclusivity of the spirit makes it even more coveted for whisky investors and collectors.

“You can’t just walk into the Glenfarclas distillery and bottle a 62-year-old cask,” explained Notman. “It’s about guanxi, or the close relationship that we have with the distillery.”

It’s rare, tastes magnificent (we had a sample during the launch) and exclusive. At least on paper, you should get some return of investment in some form or other.

And with that, we’ll leave you with the official tasting notes and some additional information on the Glenfarclas Pagoda Ruby Reserve. Keen? Contact the people from The Whisky Corporation

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