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The GlenDronach unveils rare 50-year-old whisky

The GlenDronach has announced the release of its oldest and rarest whisky to date.

The GlenDronach Aged 50 Years Single Malt comprises liquid distilled in 1971 and aged in Pedro Ximénez and oloroso sherry casks from Andalucia.

Rachel Barrie, the distillery's master blender, personally selected the casks to be used for the new release and oversaw a final maturaiton in a single Pedro Ximénez cask before bottling. 

Barrie has called the new release "the most prestigious expression of what this timeless, richly sherried Highland single malt Scotch whisky has to offer".

"It has been a privilege to be the final custodian of our oldest expression to date, passed down through the generations," she said.

"At 50 years old, it is exceptionally rich and seductive, with mellow layers of alluring complexity. On the nose, ripe dark cherry and plum are the preludes to the harmony of rolling stone fruit, while the palate brings an exquisite overture of flavour with dense undertones of dark chocolate, tobacco and cocoa."

Just 198 bottles of The GlenDronach Aged 50 Years are to be released; Bottle No. 1 was donated to the inaugural Distillers One of One Auction in December 2021. Each bottle is hand numbered, presented in a leather case, and accompanied by an embossed leather booklet containing details about the distillery and its whiskies. 

The GlenDronach Aged 50 Years Single Malt (43.8% ABV) will be available through selected global retailers, with a recommended sale price of £20,000.

21 January 2022 - Bethany Whymark