The Balvenie 1964

The Balvenie

The Balvenie 1964 A ’Tantalus’ cabinet for the oldest Balvenie ever released, a 56 year old distilled in 1964. Tantalus was a Greek mythological figure, most famous for his punishment in Tartarus; He was made to stand in a pool of water beneath a fruit tree with low branches, with the fruit just out of reach, and the water always receding before he could take a drink. Latterly the name was taken by cabinetmakers to refer to lockable cabinets for spirits in grand houses – to prevent the servants (or maybe the children) helping themselves. The point of a Tantalus cabinet was to show the contents without letting the audience get at it – hence our case having both Balvenie and 1964 on the outside. The cabinet is made from black walnut with solid brass insets.


Cabinetry by Royal Warrant holding cabinetmakers, N.E.J. Stevenson ltd.

Donated by William Grant & Sons for the Worshipful Company of Distillers ‘One of One’ Charity Auction.


Sold for a world record fee of 175,000 GBP – Most expensive bottle of Balvenie
ever sold.