We fancy a 50 year old

When it comes to spiritual beauty, we at Esquire aren't averse to something silky with a good few years on the clock, which is one reason why we were excited to hear that Glenfiddich has just unveiled its rare and precious 50-Year-Old single malt. Rare because only two casks have been produced, leading to a strictly limited supply - over the next 10 years, 50 bottles will be released annually from a stock of just 500. 

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According to tasting notes, "the flavour is initially sweet with a zesty orange marmalade and vanilla toffee, which then cascades through a wonderful series of layers: aromatic herbs, floral and soft fruits, silky oak tannin and hints of gentle smoke. The finish is exceptionally long with a touch of dry oak and the merest trace of peat."

Sold? So are we. But before you clear space in the drinks cabinet, take a deep breath and prepare yourself with a stiff drink for a hefty bar tab. The 50-Year-Old retails at a trouser-shattering £10,000 per hand-blown individually numbered bottle. Alternatively, you might find it sold in selected bars for £360 a dram, which is marginally easier to swallow. 

www.glenfiddich.com