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Glenfarclas 1953 Queens Coronation

12th September 2013
Introducing the Glenfarclas 1953 bottled to commemorate 60 years since the Queens coronation.

Yesterday, Speciality Drinks Ltd launched a very rare limited edition bottling of  Glenfarclas. The single cask Glenfarclas 1953 which was bottled to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Incredibly after almost six decades in the cask it was bottled at 51.1% ABV.

Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne upon the death of her father, King George VI, on 6th February 1952, and was proclaimed Queen shortly thereafter. As tradition dictated that an appropriate period of mourning should be observed for the preceding sovereign, the coronation was held more than a year later on 2nd June 1953.

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of this historic occasion, Speciality Drinks Ltd have released The Coronation Decanter. With just 60 specially commissioned crystal decanters being released, this is an exceptional, exclusive bottling that reflects the importance of The Queen's Coronation.

The whisky has been matured in a single sherry butt at the distillery in Ballindalloch for almost six full decades and has been bottled at its natural strength. Only the natural elements of air, wood and time have influenced the development of its magnificent flavour profile.

Connoisseurs of fine whisky will recognise the rarity of any single malt reaching such a great age; for the whisky to still be in such amazing condition is little short of miraculous. Speciality Drinks Ltd tell me that this remarkable sherry cask has yielded a whisky of unsurpassed quality, with an exquisitely refined array of rich and complex flavours.

Sukhinder Singh, Director of Speciality Drinks, says: "We are delighted to launch The Coronation Decanter to celebrate The Queen's 60th regal anniversary. This whisky really is exceptional, it reminds me of a citrus, spiced Christmas pudding. The depth and range of flavour in this whisky really is extremely rare for its age and has only been achieved on few occasions. We have presented it in a beautiful crystal decanter that we had specially crafted solely for this one-off release. As there are only 60 bottles being produced, this is not only a fantastic investment opportunity for the avid collectors and enthusiasts but more importantly, it is a Single Malt the connoisseurs from around the world will truly appreciate."

The Coronation Decanter is available to buy exclusively from The Whisky Exchange with an RRP of 6000, if that is a little out of your budget there is also a 5cl miniature available with an RRP of 600.

Glenfarclas 1953 Queens Coronation Tasting Notes

Speciality Drinks Ltd Tasting Notes:

Nose: At first concentrated dark fruit, macadamia nuts and orange liqueur. Baked apples and raisins develop in the glass for a more subtle style of whisky, while shiitake mushrooms, autumn leaves and sandalwood add a wonderful savoury aspect. Spiced cake and dried fruit provide a balancing sweetness.

Taste: An initial launch into clove studded oranges and mulled wine, with fragrant arabica coffee, dark chocolate and umami. The flavours then lighten and lead towards an explosion of fruit - ripe mango and guava are balanced by grapefruit and juicy mandarin. Behind this, gentle honey sweetness and barley sugar combine with ground nutmeg and cinnamon to give a complex and rounded body. Given time, tarragon and cedar wood compliment leafy mint and cooked blackberries.

Finish: Soft orchard fruit and bread pudding linger on the palate, with touches of hazelnut, fresh mint and citrus juice leaving you ready for another sip.

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