There are a number of celebrations around the world for pretty much everything. Some are religious, others are a result of tradition and culture, and some are purely for fun. A staple of most celebrations, however, is food; I can think of multiple holidays in which participants create dishes specifically for that moment. Yet, there are also holidays which have been created to celebrate the food. Particularly the foods we love. This is not at all a new concept, but thanks to internet and a growing push from marketers to build awareness, such holidays have grown in popularity.
July alone consists of recognition days for some of the world’s most popular foods, including: french fries, fried chicken, caviar, macaroni, mojitos and tequila. Hence, companies have started creating specials which incorporate these ingredients, making things a bit more festive. This coming Thursday, July 27, is National Scotch Day. Not to be confused with World Whisky Day, which takes place on May 20. I’ve discussed whisky–its history and the difference in how it’s created–in a previous post. For this post, however, I want to share some of the rare options to put on your bucket list for scotch fans.
- Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve 55-Year-Old
Unfortunately this 55 year aged scotch is not for sale. It was released in 2012 and named after Scotland’s oldest woman (now deceased), Ms. Janet Sheed Roberts. Only 11 bottles were released, commemorating the number of decades Ms. Sheed Roberts had been alive, and placed for auction. Famously, one bottle sold for $96,000 to a whisky collector in Atlanta, Mahesh Patel. Lucky for you, however, there’s an opportunity to taste this highly coveted spirit, with a trip to Scotland for a special, five day event, lead by Mr. Patel, all about the whisky.
- The Last Drop 1960 Blended Scotch
Named 2016 Scotch Blend of the year by connoisseur Jim Murray, The Last Drop comes highly recommended as a double matured blend, that is certain to win over collectors. The 50 year old scotch is said to be hand bottled and seal with wax, to maintain its flavor. The purchase comes in a leather box, replete with a small booklet and a 50ml miniature bottle for tasting, so you can keep the other as a part of your collection.
- Balvenie 50 Single Malt Scotch
Last but not least is the Belvenie 50. It is named among the most expensive whiskies in the world, and for good reason. The whisky itself is malted by hand, with a process that has been used since the 19th century. Only 88 bottles have been made of the rare scotch, which is the true mark of craftsmanship, from start to finish, including a hand blown glass bottle and hand crafted wooden box, in which it is contained. One bottle of the Balvenie 50 is about $40,000.