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Glenfiddich 50 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Review

Perfection in a glass

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Glenfiddich is the number 1 selling single malt Scotch whisky in the world (#2 in the United States), and their most luxurious marque is the extremely rare Glenfiddich 50 year old. The last bottle sold at auction in the United States brought over $38,000, making it more costly than gold per ounce. With only 1 in every 100,000 casks at Glenfiddich making it to 50 years old due to the intricacies of aging, tasting such a rare treasure is both exciting and a true honor. Luckily, 3 bottles of Glenfiddich 50 remain in the US at fine hotels in Miami, New York and Los Angeles if you'd like to taste it yourself.


A combination of two casks distilled in the 1950s, one a 1955 whisky aged in a second fill European oak cask, the other a 1957 whisky aged in a second fill American oak cask, then married together for six months to allow the flavors to blend.

Glenfiddich 50 year old is a rich, golden amber hued dram. On the nose, ripe fruit is abundant with pears and peaches clearly coming to the forefront. This whisky is surprisingly delicate and vibrant after 50 years, not overoaked or syrupy as might be expected. Rose petals, cinnamon sticks and a herbal note also come out as the whisky opens up and there is just the slightest hint of smoke too.

Body and Palate

The body of Glenfiddich 50 is simply perfect. Full bodied, with beautiful legs that leave perfect marks down the side of the glass, this is truly a special whisky.

On the palate, a veritable cornucopia of wonders emerges. Exotic fruit notes of passionfruit, pineapple and apricot appear, while other interesting flavors reminiscent of saddle soap, campfire embers, aged Gouda, toffee, vintage leather, pipe tobacco and orange marmalade make various appearances before a light, bitter herb note appears as if to cleanse the palate before the finish.


I have quite simply never tasted any whisky that has a finish as long and as pleasant as Glenfiddich 50. It is big and dry and interestingly enough, it made my mouth dry out and then water again as if in anticipation of the next flavors to emerge. There is a wonderful almost beeswax quality to this whisky that coats the mouth and tongue on the finish while a potpourri of flavors emerge. Dried apple, English lavender, violet petals, tea spice, pine needles and Malabar cinnamon notes all make appearances on the finish.

Simply put, Glenfiddich 50 is the most impressive single malt I've ever had the pleasure to taste. If you ever get the opportunity to taste this rarest of malts, don't pass it up.

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