Rare whisky valued at $32,000 among spirits hitting shelves at B.C. Liquor Stores on Saturday (November 4)

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      B.C. Liquor Stores has unveiled its premium spirit release for 2017 and among this year’s coveted selections is a 50-year-old bottle of Islay Scotch priced at a cool $32,000.

      Aged in sherry casks and first bottled in 1993 at the Bowmore distillery, the single malt, named the Black Bowmore 1964, contains the last remnants of a dram that has obtained legendary status in the realm of spirits. As part of the whisky’s fifth and final international release, one bottle out of only 159 will be made available in Canada.

      That flask, along with over 100 other sought-after varieties of quality whiskies, gins, and rums, will be released at B.C. Liquor Store’s Cambie Street location on Saturday (November 4) at 9:30 a.m. Twenty-nine other B.C. Liquor Store locations across the province will also be carrying a selection of these spirits, though it’s the Cambie Street outpost that will boast the broadest assortment as well as the single bottle of Bowmore Black.

      Other available libations include the Bowmore 25-Year-Old Islay ($345), which is described as having a “crème brulee topping, with chopped basil, mint, and honey on the nose”; the Bunnahabhain 46-Year-Old ($10,390), the oldest single malt to ever come from Scotland’s renowned Bunnahabhain distiller; and Hanyu Ichiro’s Malt the Joker ($5,280), which contains notes of “praline, damson jam, and fine tannins”.

      In addition to Japanese whiskies and spirits from India, France, Italy, Canada, and the U.S. will be on sale. Prices start at $45.99 and there are bottle limits in place for many varieties. Lineups are expected, particularly at B.C. Liquor Stores’ Cambie Street location.

      Check out the full list of bottles from B.C. Liquor Stores’ 2017 premium spirit release here. You can find them at participating B.C. Liquor Stores, while quantities last, which are listed below.

      39th & Cambie (Vancouver)
      8th & Cambie (Vancouver)
      Alberni & Bute (Downtown, Vancouver)
      Broadmead Village (Vancouver Island)
      Broadway & Lillooet
      Dunbar (Vancouver)
      Duncan (Vancouver Island)
      Fleetwood (Surrey)
      Fort Street (Victoria)
      Highgate Village (Burnaby)
      Hillside (Victoria)
      Kamloops Columbia Place
      Kelowna Orchard Park
      Meadowtown Centre (Pitt Meadows)
      Nanaimo Terminal Park (Vancouver Island)
      Nordel Crossing (Surrey)
      Northgate (Coquitlam)
      Park Royal (West Vancouver)
      Parksville North
      Peninsula Village
      Penticton Plaza
      Prince George Pine Centre
      Richmond Brighouse
      Richmond Ironwood
      Sidney (Vancouver Island)
      Victoria Westshore
      Westview (North Vancouver)
      Westwood Centre (Port Coquitlam)