At Silicon Valley’s luxurious Rosewood Sand Hill Resort, Bay Area trade and media gathered to celebrate a very special, and incredibly rare, arrival: The Balvenie 50 Year Old Cask 4567.
David Laird, The Balvenie Ambassador USA, hosted the unveiling ceremony, and executive chef Reylon Agustin of the resort’s Michelin-starred restaurant, Madera, provide delectable food pairings. David also led a blind tasting contest, including bottlings of The Balvenie and Glenfiddich, and the winner was offered an exclusive tasting of The Balvenie 50 (which has an estimated bottle value of $30,000).
This limited edition release consisted of only 131 bottles and a mere 15 made it to the United States. In 1963, just one year after malt master David. C. Stewart MBE joined the distillery, two European oak sherry hogsheads were filled with The Balvenie–two identical casks, same exact spirit. David has watched as they’ve evolved into two completely different styles, resulting in Cask 4567 and Cask 4570.
Bottled at a cask strength of 45.4% ABV, Cask 4567 offers lively fragrances of honeycomb, candied grapefruit, plum, iris and wood spice. Complex and impressively youthful for its extensive aging, its crisp profile and lush texture are further endowed by flavors of vanilla, red pepper, sea salt and a lengthy finish of crushed tobacco.
The Balvenie 50 has graced the back bar in some of the country’s finest establishments, including Mastro`s Steakhouse Beverly Hills and Disneyland’s ultra-exclusive Club 33. Those visiting Rosewood Sand Hill can now purchase a flight that includes a 1.5 ounce pour of The Balvenie 50, as well as the 17, 21 and 30-Year-Old, for the price of $4,000. Better save those pennies!