The GlenDronach today unveiled the limited release of its first-ever 50-Year-Old Single Malt.
This is the Highland distillery’s oldest single malt Scotch whisky to date.
Distilled in 1971, The GlenDronach Aged 50 Years aged in Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks, from the Spanish bodegas of Jerez in Andalucía. Selected by Master Blender Rachel Barrie, these casks were married for a final maturation in a single Pedro Ximénez cask.
Only 198 bottles of this expression ship worldwide.
“The GlenDronach Aged 50 Years is the most prestigious expression of what this timeless, richly sherried Highland single malt Scotch whisky has to offer,” says Barrie. “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 flavor with dense undertones of dark chocolate, tobacco and cocoa.”
“It has been a privilege to be the final custodian of our oldest expression to date, passed down through generations,” she adds.
On the nose is dark cherry, plum, stone fruit, gentian, tobacco, bramble, orange and cranberry, the company reports. The palate contains dark chocolate, tobacco, cocoa, plum, black cherry and velvet espresso.
Each hand-numbered bottle of The GlenDronach Aged 50 Years comes in a leather case, accompanied by an embossed leather booklet detailing the distillery history, tasting notes and production.
Bottle No. 1 of The GlenDronach Aged 50 Years was donated to the inaugural Distillers’ One of One Auction in December 2021, raising $54,000 in support of disadvantaged young people in Scotland.
The GlenDronach Aged 50 Years is 43.8% ABV. The suggested retail price is $25,000 per 750-ml. bottle.