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Rare Glenrothes 50 Year Old Fetches £39,000 At Aution

23rd February 2021
Bottle 50 of 50 of The Glenrothes 50 Year Old decorated with 22carat Scottish Gold from Scotlandís only gold mine sells for £39,000 at auction with the proceeds going to the winning bidders charity of choice.

Bottle 50 of 50 of The Glenrothes 50 Year Old decorated with 22carat Scottish Gold

The final bottling, bottle 50 of 50, of The Glenrothes 50 Year Old has sold for £39,000 at a exclusive virtual auction which was hosted by Bonhams auction house on Friday 19th February.

Distilled in 1968, the first 49 bottles of The Glenrothes 50 year old was released in October 2020. The whisky was matured in a combination of sherry and bourbon oak casks before being decanted into individually numbered handmade crystal decanters which are housed in an exquisite lacquered black presentation case. Each bottled had a RRP of £25,000.

The final bottling of the whisky, bottle 50 of 50, was handcrafted in collaboration with Royal Warrant holders Hamilton & Inches and is decorated with 22carat Scottish Gold from Scotlandís only gold mine and the virtual auction was streamed live from the home of Hamilton & Inches in Edinburgh last Friday.

An engraved Scottish Gold collar with "The 50TH of 50" encircles the neck with the stopper featuring hand-cut letters and numerals proudly declaring "Bottle No. 50". The extraordinary decanter, truly befitting of the liquid within, also features a stunning gold frame plaque bearing the legend "50 years old".

The decanter was bought by an anonymous individual with The Glenrothes set to donate proceeds to a charity of the winning bidderís choice. The buyers of will also receive an exclusive invite to the private The Glenrothes Highland Estate and Distillery on Speyside for a very special whisky experience.

Delivered by Charles Graham-Campbell of Bonhams and hosted by Invictus Games medallist JJ Chalmers, the auction featured an interview with Laura Rampling, The Glenrothesí Master Whisky Maker, who discussed the unique taste profile of The Glenrothes 50 year old.

Laura Rampling, Master Whisky Maker at The Glenrothes, said: "Today really is an historic day for The Glenrothes and marks the culmination of 50 years of passion and skilled craftsmanship.

"Weíre incredibly proud to have worked with Hamilton & Inches to create this stunning decanter and celebrate this milestone in our history.

"While this is the last of our 50 year old, we have more exciting releases coming later this year and during 2022. These include exclusive Single Casks, a new 40-year-old collection and some very special limited bottlings."

Jonathan Payne, Managing Director at Hamilton & Inches, said: "We are thrilled to have partnered with The Glenrothes for this project which is a true testament of craftsmanship.

"Scottish Gold is a rare and extremely special material and has been a fitting way to honour The Glenrothes 50 Year Old."

If you were not the lucky winning bidder of the uniquely presented bottle of The Glenrothes 50 Year Old I have posted the official tasting note below for if you want to know what you have missed

If the tasting note wets your appetite and you fancy tasting some Glenrothes which has been bottled at or around 50 Year Old you will find some of the Glenrothes The Last Drop bottlings priced around £5,400 still available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt

Glenrothes 50 Year Old Review

Distilled in 1968, matured in sherry and bourbon oak casks and bottled at 48% ABV.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: A cascade of fragrant woody spices, lilting between cedar wood and cloves, with grounding notes of linseed oil and rich muscovite sugar. A hint of fragrant jasmine.

Taste: A drama of complexity. Intensely sweet and spicy, with flares of cardamom, fennel seeds and vanilla pods, while notes of cedar play throughout.

Finish: Delicate and refined. A gentle lingering of woody spices.

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