Vancouver liquor store unveils the perfect Christmas gift

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      What do you get for the woman or man who has everything?

      There’s now a definitive answer, at least for Vancouver shoppers struggling this holiday season.

      The Balvenie Fifty: Marriage 0962, a bottle of rare Scotch whiskey, is selling at Jak’s liquor store on South Granville.

      One bottle, to be exact. It appeared on a store shelf yesterday (December 6). The price is $75,000.

      “An expression of exceptional quality that typifies the skill and knowledge needed to marry significantly aged single malt Scotch whisky, The Balvenie Fifty: Marriage 0962 is comprised of highly rare liquid sourced from four American Oak casks aged 50 years or over,” reads a Belvenie media release. “Beautifully designed in a sleek, glass decanter representing the classic Balvenie bottle shape (which itself mirrors the silhouette of the copper stills at the distillery), the decanters for The Balvenie Fifty: Marriage 0962 have been hand-blown from 100% lead-free crystal.”

      William Grant and Sons, Ltd., the U.K. family business that makes this premium blend, notes there that there were only 100 bottles of Balvenie Fifty: Marriage 0962 ever poured. The bottle now for sale at Jak’s is the only one that’s available in B.C.

      “A marriage of whisky of this age is rare as liquid given 50 years or more to express itself can develop flavours that have extreme variances of taste, strength and depth that make the task complex.  Stewart selected four casks into an exquisite whole that combines and enhances their many delicate notes,” the release details. “The final liquid, bottled at 41.6% ABV, combines malt and oak with brown sugar, toffee and ground ginger on the nose, followed by further oaky notes, maple syrup, tangy citrus and classic honeyed Balvenie sweetness to taste. The finish is long and lingering, with dried fruits and vanilla oaky spice notes.”