Glenfiddich 50 in very short supply

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This is part of "Gotta Have ...", an ongoing series of occasional postings on unusual spirits products.

This is almost not worth mentioning, simply because the domestic supply is virtually non-existent. However, in the interest of keeping up with the good life ...

Glenfiddich has announced the U.S. debut of its Glenfiddich 50 Year Old expression, but it will be in extremely limited supply -- "a tiny handful" of bottles, the company says. If you really want to get your hands on a bottle, you can always join in the bidding at a charity auction where precisely one bottle will be sold off.

"For half a century, two casks of whiskey have aged undisturbed in Glenfiddich’s Warehouse 8, under the tender care of the industry’s most experienced malt master, David Stewart," says a company press release.

"Beginning in December, the results of Stewart's extreme patience will be available exclusively at just three U.S. hotels. American drinkers can bid for a single bottle of the fabled hooch at a charity auction held concurrently at New York’s Mandarin Oriental hotel, the Peninsula hotel in Los Angeles and Miami’s Fontainebleau hotel Monday. These establishments will be the sole locations where the whisky will be available by the glass, at least until the next batch -- started in 1960 -- is released in 2010."

Auction proceeds will go to Friends of Scotland, the charity founded by Sean Connery to benefit war veterans. Call (646) 356-8350 if you're a serious bidder.

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