Diageo has released the oldest age statement from The Singleton brand to date – a 53-year-old single cask Scotch.Distilled at The Singleton’s Dufftown distillery, the 1964 vintage whisky has been drawn from a single hogshead cask. Only 117 bottles have been released at an RRP of £26,400 each (approximately US$33,000). The whisky is presented in a crystal decanter housed in a wooden case that incorporates a piece of the original cask into its design. It is the first release in the brand’s new Paragon of Time Collection. “This is a very special whisky for me,” said Maureen Robinson, The Singleton’s master of malts. “When we discovered the cask in the warehouse and tasted the whisky, we were absolutely in awe of its character. “Usually in high-aged Scotch, the cask can overpower the distillery character. But this had been lying there for over five decades and to our joy the distillery character had actually shone through, defying time. The finish is very elegant and sweet, and with a slight smoky, ginger spice aftertaste.” Bottled at 40.6% ABV, The Singleton 53 Year Old will be available from specialist retailers this autumn. The Singleton range is a trio of single malts from Dufftown, Glen Ord and Glendullan. Last year, brand owner Diageo added a “sweeter” iteration to The Singleton of Dufftown range. The UK firm is aiming to make The Singleton a million-case spirit brand.