Scotch By Nino Marchetti / December 5, 2014 It isn’t too often you see 50+ year old Scotch come on to the market, but a new rare bottling from the folks at Glenglassaugh in Scotland’s Speyside region is one. The new 51 Year Old heralds from a distillery first founded in 1875 that went silent between 1986 and 2008. The whisky in question in this release was drawn from ex-bourbon cask 3301, laid down back in 1963 and said to be the oldest one in its inventory.The Glenglassaugh 51 Year Old spent over five decades maturing in a coastal warehouse. It was then bottled in May of this year at cask strength (41.7% ABV), according to the distillery, and is both non-chill filtered and with no added colors.“We’ve inherited some extraordinarily fine whisky at Glenglassaugh,” said head distiller Billy Walker in a statement. “It’s a real treasure trove and the 51 years old is the oldest bottling ever released from Glenglassaugh…and it is of unbelievable quality.”Each bottle comes in a handcrafted wooden box. Only 191 bottles were produced for the release, and as for price expect to pay somewhere in the neighborhood of $7,400 to $8,000 from what I’m seeing in overseas markets. Tasting notes for this rich mahogany colored release are below, courtesy of Glenglassaugh.Nose: Fascinating depths and layers develop from figs and prune syrup to delicate apricot and hints of blackberry. All carry invitingly subtle soft Belgian chocolate and intriguing hints of roast coffee.Palate: The exclusive mellow yet full-bodied character gives a rich, complex symphony of red fruit preserve, touches of treacle and the slightest mountain herb influence. Gentle clove oil, distant sour cherries and the softest peppery oak add a memorable sophistication to this rare vintage.Finish: The rarity of the vintage mirrors the rarity of the unique characteristics of the whisky. Combining many facets of its ever-changing nature as it opens on the palate, the style and elegance of this rare whisky are to be savoured.