Two exceptional and rare bottles of 50 year old Glenfiddich lead Bonhams Whisky sale in Edinburgh on 7 March. They are estimated at £13,000 – 15,000 each.
In 1991, 500 bottles of Glenfiddich from casks filled in 1937 and 1939 were released. Bottles 250 and 449 from this batch feature in the Bonhams sale. The whisky has been described as having a complex nose with floral notes, tobacco leaf and a hint of smoke and an initial taste of orange marmalade and vanilla toffee followed by aromatic herbs, soft fruits, and gentle smoke.
Bonhams whisky specialist, Martin Green commented, "The Glenfiddich 50 year old is regarded as one of the truly great achievements in whisky making and bottles from the 1991 release are very highly sought after. I was lucky enough to be at the launch and to have tasted the whisky then and it is easy to appreciate why it has such a high reputation."
Also for sale is a bottle of The Macallan-52 year old-1950, distilled in 1950 and bottled by hand in 2002 (£5,000-7,000) and a Bowmore-40 year old distilled in 1955 and bottled in 1995 in a Caithness Crystal decanter (£5,000-7,000).
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