Glenfarclas launches 62yo Scotch priced at £53k

by Owen Bellwood

Speyside distillery Glenfarclas has unveiled its oldest whisky to date, a Scotch aged for 62 years in an ex-Sherry butt.

Glenfarclas Pagoda Ruby Reserve is a limited edition bottling presented in a Glencairn decanter that features hand-mounted rubies. The whisky joins the Pagoda Reserve Trilogy, which includes 43-, 48- and 59-year-old whiskies. A further addition to the Pagoda Reserve Series will be released later this year – Pagoda Sapphire Reserve 63 years old. George Grant, sales director at Glenfarclas Distillery, said: “I take great pleasure in releasing this extremely rare 1954, single Sherry butt cask 62-year-old. The Glenfarclas Pagoda Ruby Reserve is a rare piece of Scotch whisky heritage and one of the oldest whiskies on the market today.” Bottled at 44.8% ABV, the Glenfarclas Ruby Reserve whisky is available in two editions: Limited Edition Silver and Collector’s Edition Gold. The Silver bottling will be priced from £22,716 (US$29,000) per 700ml bottle. Glenfarclas will release 180 bottles of the whisky, as well as 62 magnums priced at £48,678 (US$62,000). Scotch whisky maker Glenfarclas will also release 50 bottles and 50 magnums of its Collector’s Edition Gold, with 1.5l magnums priced at £53,546 (US$68,000) and bottles available for £24,988 (US$32,000). The latest release from the Speyside distiller is housed in Glencairn’s first decanter to encase hand-mounted gemstones. The front age statement features 34 rubies to construct the number 62. The sides of the decanter feature Chinese guardian lions and the solid silver and gold plated collars of the two editions are individually numbered. It also features a red crystal pagoda-shaped stopper, which is engraved to represent the Silk Road. Scott Davidson, Glencairn’s new product development director, said: “It has been an honour to create some of our finest ever decanters to pay homage to and celebrate the exceptional whiskies in the Glenfarclas Pagoda Reserve Series. We’re especially proud of the Ruby Reserve decanter as it has enabled us to showcase the talent of our craftspeople, some of whom have over 30 years experience in working with crystal. "It has been a huge developmental project for us in aspects such as developing the tall, intricate, magnetic pagoda top and a first for us in using precious rubies to embellish the decanter. We look forward to revealing the Pagoda Sapphire Reserve decanter to the whisky world alongside Glenfarclas later in the year.”