A black bottle. No cask information. No tasting notes. Can you decode whisky’s greatest riddle?
Intrigued? I know the feeling! As you know, I have been recently obsessed with Glenlivet whisky. My obsession even got me creating a special cocktail called Founding Father feating their Founder’s Reserve as a tribute to my dad for Father’s Day ( I am sweet like that, sometimes!). So when I was invited by my favourite whisky makers to be one of the select handful of people in the world to taste their limited edition mysterious single malt, I was not going to say no, was I?
Making single malt scotch for nearly two hundred years, The Glenlivet distillery knows a thing or two about whisky. Still based in the wild Scottish highlands where they started, the iconic distillery brings a modern twist to their classic single malt with the new Cipher. The Glenlivet’s Cipher is a limited edition single malt released by Master Distiller Alan Winchester. With only 1,200 bottles available in the UK, this mysterious single malt Scotch whisky released without any cask information or tasting notes is intriguing, to say the least!
My friend Anna Lee and I turned up the equally mysterious speakeasy, The Luggage Room located in the very glam Marriott Hotel in Mayfair to try and decipher the world’s most mysterious whisky. Presented in an opaque, black bottle without any cask information, this bottle is just stunning. I just wanted to hold it tight and never let it go! Crafted from a unique cask combination that has never before been used by The Glenlivet, Cipher offers a new flavour experience. Don’t worry though, it still is flawlessly smooth and maintains its fruity flavour that has made the distillery famous. We had so much fun deciphering the code, with a little help from Phil Chuckle from The Glenlivet. Thanks Phil! The secret is safe with me.
With its production wrapped in secrecy but utilising two centuries worth of whisky knowledge, you’ll have to try this single malt scotch whisky yourself to break the code – you are not going to be complaining once you get your hands on a bottle! Food and drink connoisseurs around the world are now being challenged by The Glenlivet to decode the secret tasting notes of The Glenlivet Cipher. Those that accept the challenge will begin their journey on the label by searching for one of the official flavours hidden within a cryptic code, before being directed to cipher.theglenlivet.com to face the ultimate flavour test where you can see how close you came to unlocking the secret tasting notes of the Glenlivet Cipher.
Pour yourself a dram and have fun deciphering the code. I know what I am doing this evening. Cheers!
The Glenlivet Cipher is available exclusively at Selfridges & Co.