Speyside distillery Glenfarclas has released a limited edition 60-year-old Scotch whisky in the UK, priced at £19,500 (US$25,870).
The 40.9% ABV single cask whisky was distilled on 2 June 1959 in a first-fill oloroso Sherry hogshead. Christmas Day in 1959 was the last time the distillery distilled and filled Glenfarclas on Christmas Day. The year was also a record production year for Glenfarclas.
The summer of 1959 saw the completion of Glenfarclas’ new farm steading and work had started on a new still house to increase the site’s stills from two to four, enabling the distillery to double production by 1961.
On the nose, the 60-year-old whisky has notes of Christmas cake, spice, orange and dark chocolate. The palate is described as tasting like ‘Christmas pudding drenched in brandy butter and set alight’. The finish offers flavours of marzipan and Christmas Sherry.
The whisky comes in a presentation box made with English oak and lined with suede, which was created by NEJ Stevenson. The hand-blown decanter was made by Glencairn and features hand-drawn illustrations inspired by the red warehouse doors at Glenfarclas Distillery.
Limited to 105 700ml bottles, the expression is available to buy in the UK from Hedonism, The Whisky Exchange and BI Fine Wine & Spirits.
In March this year, Glenfarclas unveiled its oldest whisky to date, a Scotch aged for 62 years in an ex-Sherry butt.