Glenglassaugh has unveiled a 50-year-old single malt whisky that’s been finished in Pedro Ximénez Sherry casks. The Highland distillery released just 264 bottles of the extremely rare Scotch, which is priced at £5,500 ($7,652 USD).
Bottled at 40.1% ABV, the Glenglassaugh 50 Year Old is one of the oldest and rarest expressions from the distillery. The expression has been matured in the distillery’s coastal warehouses and was bottled from a single Pedro Ximénez sherry cask from Andalucīa in Spain.
“A lot can happen in half a century, and this whisky has seen many important milestones whilst maturing in our warehouses, from the distillery being lost then revived 13 years ago, to the release of its first core range celebrating its youthful spirit,” said Rachel Barrie, master blender at Glenglassaugh Distillery.
Glenglassaugh lay silent for more than two decades – before being reawakened in 2008.
“Offering a deep and seductive sweetness, the 50-year-old’s flavour profile ranges from caramelised pear to soft exotic cherries; almond and refined oak beautifully intertwine to present a symphony of tropical notes on a gentle ocean breeze with rolling waves of flavour, which intensify and evolve with each sip,” says Barrie. “It’s a privilege to unveil this premium bottling to whisky fans around the world at the beginning of a new chapter for Glenglassaugh celebrating both old and new.”
Each bottle is housed in a bespoke presentation box designed to display the bottle and the liquid’s rich tones. Earlier this year, the expression was awarded a double gold at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Glenglassaugh 50 Year Old is available at specialist retailers across Europe and Asia.
For more information, head over to the distillery’s official website.
This is not the first time Glenglassaugh has released a 50-year-old whisky. Back in 2017, the Highland distillery launched the 1965 Cask #3510 / Hogshead / 50 Years Old as part of its Rare Casks Batch 3 collection.