Have you ever found yourself fantasizing about spending your kid’s college money on a the elderly Whiskey up to 50 years? (No, of course not, and neither are we.) But let’s say you came across some loose changes and could have spent some serious cash on a special soul. It would be an attractive choice GlenvidicNewly unveiled 50 years old Scotch. Arriving with the release of senior statesmen in a trio of single malts, the legendary Dufftown distillery is called “Time Re: Imagined Collection” and comes at $50,000 a bottle.
It is the brand’s first premium quality collection. So what would you expect from a liquid that costs more than a mid-size sedan? A strong citrus nose to start. The fruity bouquet on the palate is followed by a fragrant wave of burnt vanilla and caramel that maintains itself as a lingering sweetness at the end. These dynamic notes are the result of a meticulous maturation process: Three different American oak casks—all pulled from the same warehouse—have been grouped together and finished in separate refilling American oak casks for an additional two years.
This extra aging revitalizes the juice with abilities often lacking in a half-century-old spirit. It also imparts “a lot more character of a distillery than you might get otherwise,” according to Glenfiddich Malt Master Brian Kinsman. In fact, Kinsman is one of three malt masters who have operated these kegs dating back to the 1960s. “It is our responsibility to find the delicate balance between the taste of whiskey and the density of an oak barrel.”