Spirits can only be aged in wood so long before they start to taste like, well, wood. Only a few casks escape the ravages of time, aging for decades longer than normal. Connoisseurs are snapping these rarities up at stratospheric prices.
Scotch enthusiasts can buy vintages from Bowmore (1964), Auchentoshan (1966) and Balblair (1969), pairing elegant packaging with the rarity of the contents inside.
Distillers of other spirits categories are following suit, like Bourbons from Buffalo Trace (the 18-year, five-month-old George T. Stagg) and Michter’s (the 20-year-old). Hirsch sells a 25-year-old rye, while La Favorite offers a 30-year-old rhum agricole, which is normally aged about five years.
“When the aging goes well, you can have layers and layers of flavors that you can’t have in a younger spirit,” says Joseph Magliocco, president of Michter’s distillery. “For people that are real connoisseurs, it’s a special treat.” — TONY SACHS
About International Beverage Holdings, Limited.
Balblair is produced by International Beverage Holdings, Limited. (www.interbevgroup.com) IBHL was established in 2005, as the international arm of ThaiBev, one of South East Asia’s leading alcohol beverage companies. With a network of regional offices in Asia, Europe and North America, the company is responsible for the production, sales, marketing and distribution of a portfolio of premium global brands in more than 80 countries and territories. The company’s success is built on a strong understanding of local cultures and markets along with the creation of a global operational network.