Coronation Decanter Whiskey From 1953 A $9,700 Investment

| October 22, 2013

coronation_frontYesterday I wrote about an £800 Scotch blend that’s 40-years-old. Today it is another spendy single malt that’s got my eye. If you are looking for an uber collector’s edition Glenfarclas from 1953, and have £6000 ($9,700 approximately) burning a hole in your wallet, Speciality Drinks Ltd has a whopper of an offering for you.

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II Specialty Drinks, known best for running the online whiskey retailer site The Whisky Exchange, got hold of a single cask of 1953 Glenfarclas Single Malt Whisky. They bottled it into 60 specially commissioned crystal decanters, dubbing it the Coronation Decanter.

This whiskey, according to those behind it, was matured,

in a single sherry butt at the distillery in Ballindalloch for almost six full decades and has been bottled at its natural strength.  Only the natural elements of air, wood and time have influenced the development of its magnificent flavour profile.

Tasting notes from this unique offering are as follows:

Nose  –  At first concentrated dark fruit, macadamia nuts and orange liqueur. Baked apples and raisins develop in the glass for a more subtle style of whisky, while shiitake mushrooms, autumn leaves and sandalwood add a wonderful savoury aspect. Spiced cake and dried fruit provide a balancing sweetness.

Palate  –  An initial launch into clove studded oranges and mulled wine, with fragrant arabica coffee, dark chocolate and umami. The flavours then lighten and lead towards an explosion of fruit – ripe mango and guava are balanced by grapefruit and juicy mandarin. Behind this, gentle honey sweetness and barley sugar combine with ground nutmeg and cinnamon to give a complex and rounded body. Given time, tarragon and cedar wood compliment leafy mint and cooked blackberries.

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Finish  –  Soft orchard fruit and bread pudding linger on the palate, with touches of hazelnut, fresh mint and citrus juice leaving you ready for another sip.


Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and...