For its oldest ever whisky, Scottish distillery Glengoyne called on Glencairn Crystal to craft a bespoke decanter that features a spun base in gold-plated brass and a newly designed goose emblem infilled in gold.
Housed in a handblown decanter, The Glengoyne 50 Year Old sits in a metal cradle created by metal spinning, the method of forming a flat metal disc on a lathe. The spun base and the hand-cut and polished collar and stopper finished by specialist jewelers are in gold-plated brass with a matte finish.
The decanters are engraved with a reworked goose emblem, a nod to the flocks that migrate south to Scotland every winter. Two dates are also engraved in roman numerals; 1833 for the year the Glengoyne distillery opened and 2020 for the year of the whisky release. They are infilled with gold by hand. Nestled in a solid oak coffret with gold accents (Morans Wood), the whisky comes with a 25ml sample. Just 150 numbered decanters were produced and are priced at £22,500.
The 50-year-old is part of Glengoyne’s Fine and Rare range, alongside the new 30-year-old whisky and a 25-year-old bottling. Said to offer a ‘‘rich, spicy oak burst, with molasses, treacle and licorice taking center stage’’, the whisky reveals notes of demerara sugar, walnuts, sweet pipe tobacco, red apples and cloves.