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Balvenie 1937 50 Year Old Pure Malt

Lot: 219912

Balvenie 1937 50 Year Old Pure Malt

Winning Bid: £18,000
(Reserve has been met) This lot currently has: 15 bids

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Balvenie 1937 50 Year Old Pure Malt

Balvenie was built by William Grant in 1892 and remains part of his family's company to this day. In the early part of its history, its purpose was primarily for the provision of malt for Grant's blends, however following the global success of Glenfiddich, the Balvenie single malt brand was launched in 1973. It remained a rarity though, and it was not until the opening of Kininvie in 1990, and later Ailsa Bay in Girvan, that the distillery was given the freedom to focus on its single malt. Today it is one of the best recognised brands in the world. In 1993 they launched the 12 year old "DoubleWood," an expression credited with pioneering the use of cask-finishing, and this has become a key motif for the distillery's output in recent times. 

In 1987 John & Wallace Milroy were invited to the Glenfiddich and Balvenie distillery. What was originally supposed to be a casual visit turned out to be quite the shopping spree. John Milroy recalls...

"Peter Grant Gordon invited us to visit Glenfiddich and Balvenie distilleries, when we noticed four casks of Balvenie 50 years old gathering dust in a corner of the warehouse. After a few drams Peter agreed to bottle these and sell most of it to us exclusively."

John and Wallace paid a total of £62,100 for 360 bottles (£163,577 in 2018) which were sold through the brothers' famous bottle shop on Greek Street in London, with the ramainder of the 500 exported to the Japanese market via the Seven Importers Group.

This incredibly rare malt was distilled in 1937 and bottled in 1987.

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