Bottle of scotch put up for sale with a $33,500 price tag

Balvenie illustration 
By: Sanvi Rizvi 

Imagine each sip you take costs you $1,000 - that is exactly what can happen if you buy this particular bottle of scotch that is now up for sale.

A serious collector will have a chance on Monday, when a rare bottle of 50-year-old single malt scotch will be released by a liquor store in British Columbia.

The bottle of Balvenie Fifty from the Balvenie Distillery, is one of only 88 in the world. It is the first to be available in Canada, according to the branch distribution of alcoholic beverages.

Balvenie Fifty bottles were made to celebrate 50 years of malt master David Stewart with the distillery. It goes on sale on Monday, at the flagship branch on Cambie Street.

Scotch drinkers who cannot afford the high price tag of $33,500 - are invited to stop by the store between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. to enjoy a wide range of other whiskeys from the same distillery.

The bottles of Balvenie Fifty will be sold on a first come first serve basis, said Tarina Palmer, spokesperson for the industry distribution of alcoholic beverages. While she does not expect great
demand for the product she said that if there is a battle for the bottle, then the staff will perform some kind of drawing.

She said BC Liquor cognacs sold in the past in the same price range, but speculated that Balvenie Fifty was probably the most expensive whiskey ever sold in BC.

Not the most expensive whiskey sold in the world, however. A bottle of Macallan 64 Scotch whiskey sold at a Sotheby auction in New York, for $460,000. According to Guinness World Records, that was the most expensive whiskey ever sold at auction.