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Glenfiddich Goes The NFT Route With A Rare 46 Year Single Malt Release

Scotch whiskey brand Glenfiddich recently partnered with BlockBar, the non-fungible token (NFT) marketplace for luxury wine and spirits products, to launch a series of 15 limited edition liquor NFTs.

Interestingly, each NFT corresponds to a physical, very rare bottle of a 1973 vintage, 46-year-old Armagnac cask finish Single Malt Scotch Whisky that is sold by Glenfiddich.

The tokens are offered exclusively through BlockBar’s NFT platform, which enables Glenfiddich to digitize and sell exclusive spirits products as NFTs directly to consumers, whether for personal consumption, collecting, or investment purposes.

Glenfiddich 1973 Armagnac Cask Finish Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Glenfiddich 1973 Armagnac Cask Finish Single Malt Scotch Whisky (image via Glenfiddich)

Once the NFT is purchased, the buyer can then become the owner of the real-world physical product represented by the NFT, with the NFT serving as a digital receipt that verifies the buyer’s ownership and the authenticity of the product.

The buyer has the choice at any time to resell or transfer the NFT through the BlockBar platform or to redeem it for the physical version. BlockBar is also responsible for storing the product and, upon request, delivering it to the buyer.

Doug Bagley, chief operating officer of William Grant & Sons, said in a prepared statement that Glenfiddich continues to push boundaries in whisky innovation and this mindset transcends to those they partner with. “We are proud to be the first luxury spirits brand to be available on BlockBar at the time of the launch. BlockBar brings a heightened level of authenticity to our brand via its proprietary NFT platform and creates an elite club of distinguished collectors with whom we’re excited to build long-term relationships.”

BlockBar’s NFT platform also assures buyers that their accounts won’t be compromised and their NFT’s won’t be stolen, because the tokens are protected by FireBlocks’ digital asset custody infrastructure and Chainalysis’ compliance technology.

“This is an exceptionally rare example of 1973 Glenfiddich, a 46 year old whisky which has spent more than two decades in an Armagnac cask and is a fitting spirit for the launch of Glenfiddich’s first and exclusive NFT release on BlockBar”, said Glenfiddich Malt Master Brian Kinsman.

The first series of Glenfiddich NFTs launched on Oct. 19, 2021, on a first-come, first-served basis. Buyers can purchase the NFTs from Blockbar with Ethereum (ETH) or by credit card.

“BlockBar values transparency, authenticity, and quality assurance, and our partnership with Glenfiddich, the pinnacle of high end spirits, is the perfect partner to mark the launch of our mission to bridge the physical and digital worlds of luxury,” said Dov Falic, CEO of BlockBar. “We’re extremely proud to be providing the very first direct-to-consumer, fully authenticated wine & spirits platform via an NFT marketplace. This is an exciting and momentous time for the crypto, NFT, and luxury wine & spirits communities, and we can’t wait to announce many more exclusive releases in the near future.”

Here are the 1973 vintage, 46-year-old Armagnac cask finish Single Malt Scotch Whisky’s official tasting notes.

  • 70cl bottle with 43.9% ABV, presented in a bespoke Baccarat crystal decanter.
  • Color: Autumn gold.
  • Nose: Sublime, rich and lusciously fruity. Dark fruits, like plums and figs, complemented by sensational sweet syrup notes that reflect the incomparable influence of the long finishing in ex-Armagnac butts.
  • Taste: Very deep and rich with lots of tannin and robust oak notes overlaid with an elegant vanilla sweetness from its years in American oak.
  • Finish: Exceedingly long-lasting and sweet with a hint of oak.

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Gary Carter

Gary Carter has been at the helm of metro newspapers, magazines, and television news programs as well as a radio host and marketing manager. He is a writer/editor/photographer/designer by trade, with more than 30 years experience in the publishing and marketing field. Gary enjoys working to build something great, whether that be a novel project, a start-up, an organization, a fresh-face to the journalistic world, or even something as simple as a short story. A native Texan and a Pacific Northwest convert, he is a whiskey enthusiast who cut his teeth on it ... literally!

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