Glenglassaugh unveils 50-year-old PX-finished whisky

Highland distillery Glenglassaugh has released only 264 bottles of a 50-year-old single malt, priced at £5,500 (US$7,652).

The 40.1% ABV bottling is one of the oldest and rarest expressions from the distillery, and has been finished in Pedro Ximénez Sherry casks from Andalucía, Spain. Rachel Barrie, master blender at Glenglassaugh Distillery, said: “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." The expression has been matured in the distillery’s coastal warehouses. On the nose, the whisky contains deep layers of figs and blackberry, as well as mango and cherry on the palate. Barrie added: “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. “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.” Glenglassaugh 50 Year Old is available at specialist retailers in Europe and Asia, for a retailing price of £5,500 (US$7,652) per 700ml bottle.