Latest Whisky From The Balvenie is More Than $12K a Bottle
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42-Year-Old Scotch Releases for More Than $12K a Bottle

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The Tale of the Dog is the latest release in the “Stories” collection from The Balvenie. (Photo: The Balvenie)

The Balvenie is releasing the latest in its “Stories” series of scotch whiskies, The Tale of the Dog, and it isn’t cheap.

According to Scottish Field, the 42-year-old single malt will sell for £9,000, or about $12,300. The Tale of the Dog is available now at select whisky retailers including Clink, Master of Malt, Harrods and Hedonism Wines.

The Tale of the Dog is, so far, the oldest member of the “Stories” collection and bottled at 94 proof.

The online listing for the release describes the whisky as “a smooth and honeyed expression of The Balvenie, delicately balancing sweet date and toffee notes with a slight honey spice and lingering oak finish.”

The Story

Each whisky in The Balvenie’s “Stories” line is intended to represent a different tale. Each whisky is accompanied by an audiobook to tell the owner of the bottle the story tied to it. The audiobooks can be listened to on The Balvenie’s website.

The Tale of the Dog is a story about The Balvenie Coppersmith Dennis McBain and one of his earliest memories at the distillery more than 50 years ago. In the story, McBain is a young apprentice who learns what a copper dog (a small tube used for siphoning off whisky straight from the cask) is.

“This story captivates people across the world whenever our Ambassadors share it with them,” said Global Ambassador Gemma Paterson, according to Scottish Field. It’s so exciting to be able to share it in the form of a whisky now to celebrate such a heart-warming story and one of our distillery’s best loved characters.”

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