Diageo, has today announced the launch of its oldest single malt Scotch whisky expression to date, from its Singleton range.
The Singleton 54 Year Old (44.1% ABV) which is the second and final bottling in brands Paragon of Time Collection, was matured for over 50 years in European oak casks, before being finished in a single Pedro Ximenez-seasoned cask.
|The Singleton 54 Year Old|
For this latest release, Singleton have gone further to unearth what flavour could be revealed from a 54 Year Old single malt. Malt Master Maureen Robinson, as guardian of the casks, closely curated and cared for this last remaining cask; a legacy from the original slow-craft tradition in the 1960s.
The Singleton 54 Year Old, is said to deliver notes of vintage solera wine, fenugreek leaf, parsley, liquorice, treacle toffee, sweet fruit, mint toffee and bitter coffee grounds on the nose. Followed by notes of dried figs, pepper spice, clove-studded oranges, burnt raisins and oiled teak on the palate.
Limited to 235 decanters, The last in the Paragon of Time Collection comes housed in a bespoke, leather-lined wooden cabinet. The decanter was hand-made by Baccarat in France to The Singleton silhouette, with the intricate copper detail around the neck being crafted by Royal Warrant Holders, Thomas Fattorini.
Commenting on the launch, Maureen Robinson, said: “Originally filled in 1966, this European oak cask is the closest to the end of the old slow-craft period that we have ever released. The old distillers of the past laid down this cask and it is a privilege for me to be able to awaken their crafted spirits over half a century later with a final chapter from today. I see it as a beautiful balance of the old art of craft and using our modern finishing to present a precious whisky of layered, balanced and exceptional richness.”
The Singleton 54 Year Old, will be available next month from specialist retailers, for a RRP of £28,850.
Posted by Steve Rush