Glengoyne Whisky releases its oldest ever expression—a 50 Year Old Highland Single Malt—and will hand-deliver a bottle to one lucky group in 2021.
After a year of cancelled celebrations and missed moments with friends and family, Glengoyne is announcing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to win and enjoy an extremely rare bottle of its 50-year-old whisky. One of Scotland’s leading independent family-owned distillers, Glengoyne recently released a limited-edition 50-year-old Highland Single Malt priced at $33,000 per decanter. With only 150 decanters available worldwide, it represents the pinnacle of the distillery’s unhurried and uncompromising approach to whisky-making, as Scotland’s slowest distilled malt. After five decades patiently maturing, this exceptional whisky has a richness and depth of aromas and flavors rarely encountered.
Thenose presents with flavors of Demerara sugar, walnuts, sweet pipe tobacco, red apples and cloves, while the palate tastes of a rich, spicy oak burst, followed by molasses, treacle and licorice. The finish is long, going through savory characteristics into a tingle of black pepper.
In order to prove that great whisky should and can be enjoyed whatever its age, Glengoyne will be giving away a special decanter of this incredibly high-aged, rare whisky in 2021. An online ballot has opened for groups of five or more friends or family to submit an entry (by Dec. 14, 2020) alongside a description of their perfect moment for savoring the Glengoyne 50 Year Old together next year. (In order for the entry to be valid, five friends need to sign up to the entry to be in with a chance of winning.) Whether it’s toasting a delayed celebration, or creating an unforgettable reunion, the Glengoyne team will make their special moment a reality, hand-delivering the highly sought-after whisky for one group to enjoy and savor.
“When we first filled hand-selected oak casks with our sweet, fruity, new make spirit back in the late 1960s, The Beatles were only just breaking up, Richard Nixon was U.S. President and Sesame Street debuted on television,” says Robbie Hughes, master distiller at Glengoyne Highland Single Malt. “A lot has changed while we’ve been waiting patiently for this unique release.”
Glengoyne 50 Year Old comes in a crystal decanter, which features an engraved goose emblem representing the geese who migrate to the Glen each winter. Hidden within the beautiful solid oak and gold display box is also a 25ml sample of the 50 Year Old whisky, as well as individually hand-numbered books, hand-signed by Hughes.
The new limited-edition 50 Year Old release will join a new 30 Year Old Glengoyne and the present 25 Year Old whisky, as part of the distillery’s new Fine and Rare range. Both whiskies are presented in beautiful glass bottles, with wooden embellishments and boxes that feature an industry-first second use, encouraging the drinker to personalize the box and remove the inner fitments, ready to cradle another keepsake once the whisky has been enjoyed to the last drop.
Glengoyne recently announced a brand-new look and feel across its entire portfolio, designed to celebrate the brand’s unique connection to time as Scotland’s slowest distilled malt. The wider Glengoyne Collection (10 Year Old – 21 Year Old whiskies) also is now fully recyclable, free of plastic and magnets, and locally sourced, with nearly all of the material originating in Scotland.