The Singleton of Glen Ord distillery has launched a 38 Year Old single malt Whisky. The limited edition offering comes just a year after the Highlands Distillery launched its oldest ever Whisky, a 53 Year Old single cask expression.
Drawn from eight casks, The Singleton 38 Year Old underwent a 26-year secondary maturation, the longest in the brand’s history. After a dozen years of ageing, the Whisky was poured into a selection of experimental casks of ex-Bourbon, Pedro Ximénez oloroso-seasoned casks, and new American oak casks.
“The Singleton 38-year-old was crafted during an era that was very exciting at The Singleton – a time of flavour experimentation and innovation across our whisky-making,” said Maureen Robinson, master of malts. “Selecting new American oak casks was very new for us at the time at the distillery and we decided on a lengthy secondary maturation to continue to unlock the decadent layers of flavour in this single malt.
“I remember tasting cask samples just three years into the secondary maturation and I was struck how even at such an early stage, we could identify the richness of flavour the new casks had presented. To mature those casks for more than two decades further was an exploration of how it is possible to unearth exceptional flavour within whisky, and it feels a real privilege to now share this truly delicious single malt with the world.”
The Singleton 38 Year Old offers aromas of red apple, mango and candied citrus fruit. The palate features flavors of cinnamon-spiced baked apple, caramel fudge, a trace of salt and a touch of Szechuan pepper.
Coming in at 49.6% ABV, only 1,689 bottles of The Singleton 38 Year Old Whisky will be available globally and will be priced at £2,100 ($2,760 USD).
Back in August, a bottle of 17-year-old Singleton was included in the Diageo 2020 Special Releases Whisky Collection. In July, a bottle of Singleton vintage 1988 was also announced as part of the Diageo Prima & Ultima Whisky Collection.