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The new 50 Year Old is limited to 150 decanters - and one is being given away for free.
By Alex Martin | November 18 2020
Glengoyne Whisky has released its oldest ever expression and is offering one of the highly-prized bottles to one lucky ballot winner. The new 50 Year Old is priced at £22,500 ($29,900) and is limited to just 150 decanters, one of which has been reserved for the competition.
Known for offering Scotland’s slowest distilled malt, the highland distillery joins an elite club in releasing a 50 Year Old expression. The limited-edition release will combine with the Glengoyne Whisky 30 Year Old and 25 Year Old to form its new ‘Fine and Rare’ range.
The online ballot will excite whisky lovers, many of whom will have no idea what such a rare and expensive liquid tastes like. Following a disruptive 2020, Glengoyne aims to make 2021 a memorable one for the winning group of friends or family.
Entries are open for groups of five or more people, who must describe their perfect moment for savoring the 50 Year Old. The winning group will have the whisky hand delivered to them by the distillery. Entrants have until December 14 to submit their moments.
[See also: Wines & Spirits Gift Guide 2020]
Master distiller Robbie Hughes said: “At Glengoyne we believe that patience is always rewarded. This year we’ve all had to sacrifice spending time with our loved ones or delay celebrations. That’s why we want to make these moments extra special in 2021 with a memorable whisky that, after waiting so long for just the right moment, is truly ready to be opened and savored.”
For those thinking of investing in the new 50 Year Old, this is a rare opportunity to add an unusual name to your collection. The liquid is presented in a special crystal decanter featuring the engraved goose emblem of the distillery. Each decanter also comes with a 25ml sample so even collectors will be able to experience the liquid before filing the bottle away.
Nose: Demerara sugar, walnuts, sweet pipe tobacco, red apples and cloves.
Palate: Rich, spicy oak burst, then molasses, treacle and licorice take center stage.
Finish: The finish is long, going through savory characteristics into a tingle of black pepper.