We never get tired of saying it: here at DailyXY, we’re huge fans of Scotch whisky, blended whisky, Canadian whisky—all kinds of whisky (even whiskey). So it’s with no small measure of excitement that we’ll be soon witnessing one of the finest bottles of the stuff ever to arrive on our shore—the Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve 55 Year Old.
The occasion is the 11th Annual Vintages Auction, to be held in Toronto’s Trump Hotel this Friday and Saturday, October 19th and 20th. Though Vintages is better known for their impressive list of fine wines—because really, where else can one buy a 1961 Château Latour?—this year, the opening lot goes to the finest offering available from William Grant & Son’s storied Speyside distillery.
Created in honour of Janet Sheed Roberts (1901-2012), granddaughter of William Grant, and her lifelong contribution to her family’s distillery, only 11 bottles are available worldwide, and only one will be sold in Canada. We don’t have original tasting notes, but the auction catalogue assures us that “the Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve 55 YO Single Malt Scotch is pale gold in colour with hues of autumn barley. On the nose it is light and delicate with aromas of soft orange blossom and delicate violets mingling with notes of toasted almonds and the subtlest hint of smoke.” This lot is expected to fetch upwards of $100,000, every penny of which will benefit Wounded Warriors, a not-for-profit organization that assists and improves the quality of life of wounded Canadian soldiers and their families.
A few other, more reasonably priced, items are available on the auction block for the whisky connoisseur, including an Ardbeg 24 Year Old, a Caol Ila 25 Year Old, and a Springbank 21 Year Old, among many others.
Won’t be in Toronto this Friday? That’s okay, you can register online—but do it today, as they’ll be closing registration soon.
Like the idea of lending a helping hand to our fighting men and women, but aren’t yet at the stage of collecting whisky worth insuring? Donate to Wounded Warriors online, or check out the Canadian Hero Fund.