Thursday, September 19, 2019


Diageo, has today announced the launch of the oldest expression ever released from its Singleton single malt Scotch whisky brand, as part of a new Paragon of Time Collection.

The Singleton 53 Year Old (40.6% ABV) which was distilled in 1964, was matured in a single oak hogshead cask.

The Singleton 53 Year Old

Limited to 117 bottles,The Singleton 53 Year Old, comes presented in a crystal decanter and housed in a wooden presentation case, which has a piece of the original cask incorporated into the design. 

For this latest release, the brand partnered with internationally acclaimed artist Mr. Cai Zhi Song, winner of The Taylor Prize at the Paris Autumn Salon, to create a sculpture inspired by the first release in the series. Known as the ‘Time Sculptor’, Cai has blended his own understanding of time and experiences into the artwork.

Cai has entitled the sculpture ‘Blossom’, which features a plant called Winter Sweet that takes its time to flower, budding slowly through the season, only achieving full bloom by winter. ‘Blossom’ will later be auctioned, alongside a bottle of Singleton 53 Year Old.

Commenting on the launch, Maureen Robinson, The Singleton’s Master of Malts, said: “This is a very special whisky for me. When we discovered the cask in the warehouse and tasted the whisky, we were absolutely in awe of its character. Usually in high-aged Scotch, the cask can overpower the distillery character. But this had been lying there for over five decades and to our joy the distillery character had actually shone through, defying time. The finish is very elegant and sweet, and with a slight smoky, ginger spice aftertaste. It is something you do not often find; truly once in a lifetime, and it’s been an honour to be a part of this series that captures the perfection that only time can achieve.”

The Singleton 53 Year Old, will be available from specialist retailers in the UK and Asia from the Autumn, for a RRP of £26,400.

Posted by Steve Rush