FOX5NY.COM - If you're looking for a lavish experience this holiday, Mahesh Patel has just the thing. The whisky connoisseur -- known for his more than $6 million, 5,000-bottle whisky collection -- wants to take you on a $2.5-million whisky experience in Scotland.
Patel says the whole idea is to whisk 5 people off on a personal jet to Scotland, where they'll enjoy private tours, tastings, and whisky dinners at some of Scotland's most celebrated distilleries: Glenfiddich, Dalmore, Balvenie, and Strathisla, home of the 62 Gun Salute.
While you're there, Patel says you'll also be able to pick up a cask of a very old whisky from Glenfarclas--one of only three distilleries left in Scotland that are still family owned. So you'll be selecting a cask and then decanting this into your custom-made cut crystal decanters made be a very famous Scottish family whose company is called Glencairn crystal.
Patel is also throwing in 5 high roller tickets to his 4-day Universal Whisky Experience at the Wynn Encore Resort in Las Vegas. Total value: $35,000. Expect an outrageous Whisky Expo featuring over 90 top brands and more incredible meals, including a special 8-course whisky dinner at Chef Joel Robuchon's restaurant.
We can't join Patel for this ultimate experience so he brought a bottle to us: a mysterious 26-year-old whisky that he is selling through his Whisky Concierge Club for nearly $1,000. It's called Prometheus, and comes from one of Scotland's most iconic distilleries that Patel keeps a secret. It's a very old style of whisky that this house became famous for, with a delicious sherry base.
Patel says the name comes from Greek mythology: the character Prometheus who came out to the world, did incredible things, and then died. Prometheus whisky will come out to the world for just 4 years before it dies. Patel will sell 1,000 bottles of Prometheus this year at 26, next year at 27 and again at 28 and 29. Whatever is left will be bottled at year 30 and Prometheus will be gone. And the stock is already dwindling.
After our tasting, just 999 bottles of 26-year-old Prometheus remained.
Expect the same kind of exclusive tastings when you jet off to Scotland with Patel as your guide.