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The Balvenie Fifty

A vatting of four American oak casks aged 50 years or over, The Balvenie Fifty: Marriage 0962 celebrates the skill required to blend together old whiskies.
Produced by Balvenie malt master David Stewart, Marriage 0962 – a number that corresponds to the month and year Stewart first started working with Balvenie owner William Grant & Sons – was created from some of the Speyside distillery’s oldest stocks.

Distilled in 1991, The Chosen is the perfect evocation of Irish Single Malt. For 27 years, it evolved undisturbed, developing to the peak of its unique character. Bottled at cask strength, The Chosen showcases the finest that Irish Whiskey can offer.

The Chosen is a celebration of Irish Whiskey and its rarity, but also of the island. Our beautiful coastal location and its graceful but hardy dune grasses were the inspiration for our creative collaborators, J. Hill's Standard and John Galvin Design. These like-minded Irish design houses share our ethos of preserving traditional Irish crafts not by adhering to old rules, but by turning them in a contemporary direction.

Only 500 individually numbered bottles of this incredibly rare and precious whisky will ever be produced, with just 50 being released each year since 2009.

The whisky itself was drawn from just two casks, one from 1955 and one from 1957. Fittingly for a whisky of such rarity, each bottle is hand-blown by independent Scottish glass studio, Glasstorm, dressed with a heavyweight stopper, neck collar and label plaque fashioned from Scottish silver by sixth-generation silversmith Thomas Fattorini, and finished with a numbered wax cartouche.

Inspired by one of William Grant’s original ledgers, the hand-stitched black leather case is lined with bespoke hand-woven silk to perfectly complement the elegant bottle.