In the case of whisky, it’s usually best to choose a batch that’s had some time to sit and mature. Unfortunately, the older stuff can also come with a higher price tag.

Cue: a 45-year old premium single malt whisky that can be yours for the bargain price of $5,500.

The batch was crafted at Lochside, one of Scotland’s oldest distilleries. It was matured in ex-bourbon casks and transferred to a cask numbered 804, sealed and stored. After 45 years, Vintage Malt Whisky Company of Glasgow and the Vancouver liquor agency bought the cask in an estate sale. Only 30 etched limited production bottles were produced in the first bottling and each comes complete with a handmade oak barrel cask box and shield. The few bottles that have not been spoken for are going for $5,500 each. The Lochside whisky will be officially released on December 4th with its rating (though whisky expert Jim Murray has already confirmed he gave it the highest rating ever).

Murray’s Tasting Notes:
Nose – Smooth, mellow, fruity, with tropical fruits
Palate – Very smooth, slightly grainy, with cooked cereals, peach, guava & mango
Finish – Medium grain, smooth, like a fine cognac

We’re not invited, but there’s an invitation only tasting in early December for “qualified buyers” – aka, rich. There will also be a drawing there and the winners will get to sample the $300 an ounce whisky. Anyone have a plus one?