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Limited edition release of prestigious 50 year old GlenDronach whisky

By Pat Scott

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The GlenDronach has made a limited release of its first-ever 50 Year Old Single Malt - the Highland Distillery’s oldest and rarest whisky to date.

Just 198 bottles will be available worldwide of The GlenDronach Aged 50 Years. They have a price tag of £20,000 each and have just gone on sale worldwide.

Distilled in 1971, the release represents a milestone in the near two-hundred-year history of The GlenDronach Distillery.

The GlenDronach Aged 50 Years has been maturing over five decades in rare Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks, from the Spanish bodegas of Jerez in Andalucía.

Personally selected by Master Blender Rachel Barrie, the exquisite casks have been married for a final maturation in a single Pedro Ximénez cask. Only a small number of casks are chosen to reach such a celebrated age.

Protected and nurtured in The GlenDronach’s traditional dunnage warehouses for over half a century, the whisky has survived floods and howling winters, as well as being haunted by the legend of a Spanish ghost.

The whisky tells a story of the rare dedication and mastery of those custodians who have devoted their lives, through highs and lows, to protecting and nurturing the exceptionally rare Single Malt.

Master blender Rachel Barrie pours a dram of the 50 year old from The GlenDronach. Picture: John Paul.
Master blender Rachel Barrie pours a dram of the 50 year old from The GlenDronach. Picture: John Paul.

Master Blender, Rachel Barrie, said: “The GlenDronach Aged 50 Years is the most prestigious expression of what this timeless, richly-sherried Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky has to offer.

“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.

“It has been a privilege to be the final custodian of our oldest expression to date, passed down through generations. The result is a hand-crafted Highland Single Malt that tells a story of rare dedication, of which The GlenDronach Aged 50 Years is the rarest of them all.”

Each hand-numbered bottle of The GlenDronach Aged 50 Years comes in a luxurious, genuine leather case accompanied by an embossed leather booklet detailing the distillery history, tasting notes, and unique craft.

The NO 1 bottle of The GlenDronach Aged 50 Years was donated to the inaugural Distillers’ One of One Auction in December 2021 and raised £40,000 in support of disadvantaged young people in Scotland.

The GlenDronach Aged 50 Years is bottled at 43.8% ABV, and as is the case for all The GlenDronach expressions, has developed its deep colour naturally over time from the Spanish oak in which it has rested.

The GlenDronach Aged 50 years will be available to purchase from selected specialist retailers worldwide from January 2022 (global markets may vary).

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