Glenfiddich 50

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To any Russian billionaires, Formula One drivers and investment bankers: you have just found 10 grand down the back of the sofa and the dilemma is; what will you buy? As usual, the Edinburgh Whisky Blog boys are here to help.

Glenfiddich masterpiece unveiled
Rare and precious 50 Year Old single malt makes grand entrance at prestigious launch event

Dufftown, Speyside, Scotland: At an exclusive event, held this week, at The Glenfiddich Distillery, Glenfiddich 50 Year Old was unveiled – one of the rarest and most
precious expressions of authentic single malt whisky ever released by Scotland’s most distinguished distillery.

With a strictly limited supply (over this and the next ten years, only 50 will be released world wide each year from a stock of just 500 highly covetable bottles) Glenfiddich 50 Year Old is destined to become a significant landmark in single malt whisky history.

For half a century, two casks of whisky have aged gently in the semi-darkness of Glenfiddich’s Warehouse 8, under the watchful eyes of the industry’s longest-serving and most experienced Malt Master, David Stewart.

Peter Gordon, the current Chairman and as a fifth generation descendent of the distillery’s founder, is the great-great-grandson of William Grant, commented: “At Glenfiddich, nothing is more important than producing the world’s best whisky. Our independence enables us to do things differently and focus on the liquid above all else, a sentiment embodied in the flawless quality of this single malt.”

“We’re happy to wait as long as we need to – up to fifty years in this instance – to produce the perfect whisky. The Glenfiddich 50 Year Old is the pinnacle of our whisky-making excellence and epitomises my great-great grandfather’s vision of creating the very ‘best dram in the valley’.”

Peter Gordon continued by saying: “Staying true to the pioneering spirit of our founder, William Grant, who laid down stocks of whisky for future generations to enjoy, we have consistently planned ahead and have more aged stock than any other distillery. Our whisky spends years being carefully matured in our warehouses, with each additional year imparting light and elegant notes to the liquid. Every new year is important when it comes to making exceptional whisky – and Glenfiddich 50 Year Old is the ultimate expression of this pioneering foresight.”

Glenfiddich 50 Year Old is imbued with a unique preciousness that only time can bring, and remains remarkably light and elegant on the palate. The nose is beautifully harmonious with an uplifting, vibrant and complex aroma. The taste is initially sweet with a zesty orange marmalade and vanilla toffee, which then cascades through a wonderful series of layers: aromatic herbs, floral and soft fruits, silky oak tannin and hints of gentle smoke. The finish is exceptionally long with a touch of dry oak and the merest trace of peat.

It’s not just the exquisite taste of the whisky that sets new levels of perfection; the packaging reflects the excellence of the whisky and is similarly rich with authenticity and heritage. Design cues have been painstakingly taken from archives that record the distillery’s 120 year history; the hand-blown bottles are individually numbered and presented in beautifully hand-stitched, leather-bound cases, which were inspired by William Grant’s personal ledgers.

Nestling next to the bottle, a leather bound book details the whisky’s history and provides pages for proud owners to record personal tasting notes for each occasion they enjoy their whisky. A certificate is also included within the case which has been hand-signed by four of the distillery’s long-serving craftsmen who, between them, have spent 160 years at Glenfiddich keeping a watchful eye as this precious whisky has matured. On return to the distillery, the certificate will also be hand signed by Peter Gordon himself.

Each bottle is decorated in Scottish silver, crafted by Thomas Fattorini, a sixth generation silversmith, and imprinted with William Grant & Sons’ own hallmark.

Glenfiddich 50 Year Old will be available in the world’s most prestigious airports for the next two months, before a strictly limited number travel from the distillery to select retailers and high-end establishments around the world. It will sell for £10,000 per bottle.

Press Release from Glenfiddich

What a beautiful peice of art. I think Glenfiddich have got the bottling just right for this one. It almost tempts me to stomp off to my local bank, wearing a balaclava, and raise the funds by committing some sort of daring robbery.

Chris

Comments

  1. this is just plain expensive.
    really a PR trick

  2. I think phasing it over 10 years is a big mistake. It may seem interesting now to buy the “oldest” whisky but who will want to buy it in a couple of years when it’s not hot news any more? Moreover, at the current pace, I guess we can expect even older bottlings on the market really soon.

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