Bottle of single malt scotch for $33,500 on sale in Vancouver

Have you ever wondered what a $33,500 bottle of scotch tastes like?

One serious collector will get the chance when a rare bottle of 50-year-old single malt scotch whisky is unveiled at a B.C. Liquor store.

The bottle of Balvenie Fifty, from the Balvenie Distillery, is one of only 88 in the world. It is the first one to be available in Canada, according to the Liquor Distribution Branch.

Balvenie Fifty was made to celebrate malt master David Stewart’s 50 years with the distillery. It went on sale Monday at the branch’s flagship store on Cambie Street and 39th Avenue.

Scotch drinkers who can’t afford the hefty price tag are invited to drop by the store anyway from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. to sample a range of other premium whiskies from the same distillery.

The bottle of Balvenie Fifty will be sold on a first come first serve basis, said Tarina Palmer, a spokeswoman for the Liquor Distribution Branch.

It’s not the priciest scotch in the world, however, by far. A bottle of Macallan 64 scotch sold at Sotheby’s auction in New York in November 2010 for $460,000. According to the Guinness World Records, it is the most expensive whisky ever sold at auction.

The Balvenie Fifty was distilled in 1962 and matured in a European oak sherry hogshead. According to the distillery’s description of the taste, it is velvety sweet with citrus notes and hints of honey, spice and oak.