Following on from the fantastic tasting of the Glenfiddich Rich Oak last week, I wanted to mention a bottle I was lucky enough to touch, if not taste.
The Glenfiddich 50yr old feels like it is worth the earth, from the weight of the handblown glass, down to the sterling silver labels and closure, complete with hallmarks from the jeweller who created them.
In terms of exclusivity, there will be one bottle allocated for sale in Australia, and I’ve heard there is only one for the entire US market as well. The bottles are sold at auction, 20% of the proceeds were donated to charity in the UK and the auction had a minimum bid of fifteen thousand pounds. So this is probably a bottle that will be out of reach to anyone with a mortgage. Specific details of the Australian auction process are expected to be announced shortly.
I think the words from the Glenfiddich website sum it up well.
Glenfiddich 50 Year Old is the darkest Glenfiddich whisky, with an astonishing taste. It has a well-balanced nose, with a pleasantly sweet woody aroma. This progresses to a smooth sweet fruity flavour.
This exquisite whisky has been drawn from two casks, both having spent the last 50 years maturing in the darkness and chill of Warehouse 8. Before bottling, David Stewart married them for six months in an American oak barrel to give the wondrous array of flavours and aromas an unrivalled harmony.
The colour of Glenfiddich 50 Year Old is golden amber.
The nose is beautifully harmonious with an uplifting, vibrant and complex aroma. Delicate floral notes (rose petals and violets) are intriguingly intertwined with green tobacco leaf and oak and just a faint hint of smoke.
The taste is initially very sweet with a zesty orange marmalade and vanilla toffee, which then cascades through a wonderful series of layers: aromatic herbs, floral and soft fruits, silky oak tannin and hints of gentle smoke.
The finish is exceptionally long with a touch of dry oak and the merest trace of peat.
There it is then. I hope you found these few words evocative enough to fuel you imagination and whet your appetite, as it’s probably as close as any of you’ll come to the finished product.
That said, if you’re lucky enough try it I’d love a first hand impression of what this nectarous liquid is truly like.