Glenfiddich releases 30yo to mark visitor centre

Glenfiddich is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its visitor centre with the release of a limited edition 30-year-old single malt, priced at £1,600 (US$2,000).

Limited to 200 bottles, Glenfiddich Rare Collection Cask No. 20050 is a “rare” single cask whisky that was matured in American oak hogshead and laid down on 25 December 1987.

The Glenfiddich visitor centre in Dufftown, Scotland, opened its doors in the summer of 1969. The site is described as “the first-of-its-kind” for the Scotch whisky sector.

According to figures from the Scotch Whisky Association, more than two million people visited Scotch distilleries in 2018.

Glenfiddich malt master Brian Kinsman said: “This whisky, is inspired by the 1969 bottling gifted to VIP guests at the original visitor centre opening.

“Thirty years old, it is a true connoisseur’s choice with a host of seductive flavours and subtle aromas.

“Walnut in colour, on the nose, you’ll discover rich Christmas cake, woody spice and warm dried fruits, hints of cinnamon, antique leather and coffee grinds with a subtle citrus note enveloped in vanilla sweetness.

“Then to taste, a beautiful silky smooth texture, rich and fruity with a sweet spicy flavour and an incredible deep darkness.

“The oak tannin creates an intriguing balance of sweet and dry with a luxurious mouth coating oiliness. All culminate in a long lasting, sweet oakiness – a rare and golden whisky experience to share and enjoy.”

Glenfiddich Rare Collection Cask No. 20050 is available exclusively from the distillery visitor centre gift shop and online. Bottled at 57.6% abv, the whisky is priced at £1,600 per 700ml.

The Spirits Business named Glenfiddich its Scotch Whisky Brand Champion 2019, after the brand grew by an impressive 10.3% to 1.4 million cases in 2018.

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