1970 ‘extraordinary cask’ whiskey sold for $5k per bottle

Single malt whiskey brand, The Glenrothes, is releasing the first in what will be a series of $5000-a-bottle single cask bottlings.

Glenrothes 1970, which is distilled in a single cask in Speyside, Scotland, is said to taste like a 2,000-thread-count sheet.

After the first sip, there’s no bite, just an aroma that shines as the amber liquid goes down the throat.

David King, president of Anchor Distilling Co., which imports The Glenrothes whiskey, said only 50 bottles of the “extraordinary cask” will be sold in the United States.

He estimated that about 10 of those bottles may have ended up in New York City. A tasting for invited guests will be held on Thursday at Nomad Rooftop.

The New York Daily News quoted him as saying, “The price is a reflection of how rare this whiskey is.”

He also suggests adding a touch of water to open up the flavors.

The whiskey was aged in a cask once used for bourbon and retains an unexpected sweetness that blends perfectly with a wide range of flavors including dried apple, toffee and hints of citrus.

While the taste is great, it is said that the feeling people get after a sip of Glenrothes 1970 is truly magical.

Ten minutes after the last velvety sip, there’s a sweet taste on the tongue, a glow in the stomach.

“There was only one cask left at the distillery from 1970, and only 179 bottles came from that cask,” King said.

“That’s it. Once they’re gone, there won’t be any left on Earth,” he added.

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