William Grant & Sons Distillers Ltd. have released a 50-year aged version of Glenfiddich whisky that will set you back about $16,000.
The Glenfiddich Distillery described the 50-year-old single malt as “the pinnacle of our whisky-making excellence”.
Limited to 500 individually numbered, hand-blown glass bottles with decoration in Scottish silver, the 50-year will be distributed in 50-bottle lots over 10 years. They will be sold in selected airports across the world for the next few months, before being made available through a small number of retailers. The bottles will be accompanied by a leather-bound book which details the history of the whisky. It will also have pages for the owner to make their own tasting notes. Buyers will receive a certificate signed by four of the distillery’s long-serving craftsmen.
In order to qualify as a 50-year-old whisky, it must sit in its barrel unmixed with any other malt for the entire time. Some of the liquor evaporates over time (the “angel’s share”) making aging particularly challenging. This whisky has been kept in two casks in the Banffshire distillery’s warehouse for 50 years.