Glengoyne debuts its oldest Scotch whisky

Scotch brand Glengoyne has released a 50-year-old expression as its oldest whisky to date and will offer one bottle for free via a ballot.

The online ballot is open to groups of five or more friends or family to submit an entry with a description of their perfect moment for savouring the 50-year-old whisky together next year. Entrants have until 14 December to submit their moments.

Robbie Hughes, master distiller at Glengoyne, said: “When we first filled hand-selected oak casks with our sweet, fruity, new make spirit back in the late 1960s, The Beatles were only just breaking up, Richard Nixon was US president, and Sesame Street debuted on television. A lot has changed while we’ve been waiting patiently for this unique release.

“At Glengoyne we believe that patience is always rewarded. This year we’ve all had to sacrifice spending time with our loved ones or delay celebrations. That’s why we want to make these moments extra special in 2021 with a memorable whisky that, after waiting so long for just the right moment, is truly ready to be opened and savoured.”

The 50-year-old whisky has notes of Demerara sugar, walnuts, sweet pipe tobacco, red apples and cloves on the nose. The palate offers a ‘rich, spicy oak burst, then molasses, treacle and liquorice take centre stage’, followed by a long finish.

The new 45.8% ABV expression joins the Highland distillery’s Fine and Rare range, alongside the new 30-year-old whisky and a 25-year-old bottling.

The whisky is packaged in a crystal decanter that features an engraved goose emblem to represent the geese that migrate to the Glen every winter. Each solid oak and gold presentation box comes with a 25ml sample of the 50-year-old and an individually hand-numbered book signed by Hughes.

To enter the ballot, visit The whisky will be available globally from next week in key markets and from the Glengoyne distillery shop and website, priced at £22,500 (US$30,000). There are only 150 decanters of Glengoyne 50 Year Old available globally.

In September this year, Ian Macleod Distillers unveiled a new brand identity for Glengoyne using 100% recyclable packaging

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