STRIKING LIQUID GOLD AT THE TALON CLUB

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In October The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas became the first establishment in the US to offer The Balvenie 50-year-old — one of the rarest Single Malt Scotch Whiskies ever released. Just to give you an idea just how rare it is, there are only 10 bottles allocated for the entire country and 88 available worldwide. And to further impress you with its remarkable prominence, The Balvenie Fifty costs $30,000 per bottle and is $3,400 per one-ounce glass.

In celebration, a private uncorking ceremony and tasting was held at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas’ The Talon Club — the resort’s high stakes room that opened on 11/11/11. Acclaimed Scotch whisky expert and Balvenie Ambassador Lorne Cousin, hosted the event. The Balvenie distillery released the 50-year-old expression, in celebration of its Malt Mater David Stewart’s half-century of nosing and tasting whiskies, making him the longest-serving Malt Master in scotch whisky history. During his career, Stewart has nosed over 400,000 whisky casks and is recognized for pioneering some of Scotch whisky’s greatest innovations such as the double cask.

“Cask 5576 and I have shared the last five decades together at the Balvenie Distillery and it’s true to say I have a dream job. I’ve been privileged to taste a lot of wonderful whisky in my time, but it’s a great delight to discover how after half a century this unique cask has turned out a truly special single malt,” said Stewart of The Balvenie Fifty, which matured in a European oak sherry hogshead.

I am not a scotch imbiber, however, I have never been one to miss out on an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity so I meandered over to The Cosmo for a sip, and at $3,400 per dram, it was just that. “We are in the presence of greatness,” offered Cousin of the whisky’s nose of fig, floral, citrus, lemon, orange peel, vanilla, cinnamon and subtle oak. With regard to the The Balvenie Fifty’s taste, Cousin singled out spice, honey, cinnamon, toasted almond, oak, and vanilla. As for me, I was just delighted with its velvety sweet finish.

The Talon Club, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com

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