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Glenmorangie's $5,000 Bottle Of Whisky

Pardon the crass colloquialism, but in terms of finely-aged drinks, Glenmorangie's Pride 1978 is a total MILF. Bottled in 2012 after 15 years of extra-maturation in casks once containing legendary French Bordeaux Premier Grand Cru Classé wine, Pride 1978 is actually the longest extra-maturation of any Glenmorangie single malt to date. Meaning: this is the oldest thing you can put in your mouth without the attached fear of ingesting any bacteria or extraterrestrial pathogens

Before that secondary maturation, Pride spent 19 years in American Oak ex-bourbon bottles, which gives the whisky serious depth and a robust and delicious burst of flavor. I'm not a liquor aficionado by any means—but, professionally speaking, Pride 1978 took my mouth out on a date and brought it back at four o'clock in the morning.

The man behind the Pride and head of distilling at Glenmorangie, Dr. Bill Lumsden, goes on to say, "Most people know that whisky-makers like me are scientists by training—but, as far as I'm concerned, it's much more of an art and a craft."

We can confirm that this rings true when 34 years of flavor latch onto your tongue and make their way down your throat. Patience, as usual with whisky, plays the biggest part in enjoying the life of this drink.

The 47.4% ABV whisky was premiered to a crowd of over 150 people in New York City last week in celebration of the collaboration between Glenmorangie and legendary artist, Idris Khan. Said Khan after visiting the company's distillery in Tain, Scotland: “I was immediately mesmerized."

Not a hard thing to do when you're a company like Glenmorangie. To go on the record and flex our professional opinion, we've gotta say: they've really got their sh*t together. 


Jeremy Glass is the Vice editor for Supercompressor and was lucky enough to taste Pride 1978. He mixed it with ginger ale and everyone gave him a dirty look.