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50-year-old Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch Whisky

By Adrian Prisca


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Is there anyone among you who knows which is the number 1 selling single malt Scotch whisky in the world? Here’s the answer – a surprise to many, a fact to the others – Glenfiddich. Their rarest and most exquisite blend is the Glenfiddich 50-year-old, a true swidding for your taste buds.

Lyle Shellenberg, a retired Salem businessman, was the last one to have the honor to acquire such a bottle of state of the art Scotch, after a trip to Hillsdale Liquor in Portland, Oregon. The bottle of Glenfiddich 5-year-old had cost him a whopping $27,000 and made him one of the 6 proud United States folk to own one. The extravagant liquor is released in 50 bottles each year, on a global level.

The new owner declares that he’s not a collector of rare boozes, but that he has always enjoyed whisky. He further states “my grandfather was from Scotland. He introduced me to Scotch. I traveled to the Glenfiddich distillery with him 40 years ago.”

Furthermore, Mr. Shellenberg backs up his purchase by stating: “I could have spent money on a sports car or something else. I just happened to choose that I like Glenfiddich Scotch and this was interesting to me, it was different, it’s not something somebody down the street or someone else in Oregon has.”

Later on, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission confirms – nobody has ever paid this much for a bottle of alcohol in the state of Oregon. With a short laughter, the businessman says his grandfather would have asked for a “wee dram” of the liquor.

The package that assists the exquisite drink is quite astonishing as well. It comes in a bottle of had blown glass with a sterling silver collar engraved with a picture of Queen Elizabeth II wearing a massive crown. The bottle has also been imprinted the wax stamp number 183, part of a 450-bottle batch to be released in groups of 50 bottles between 2009 and 2017. The reason behind the picture of the Queen is that the 2012 edition also celebrates the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

In addition, it has arrived at the liquor store inside a locked leather case. The new owner plans to open it in the company of a small group consisting of family and friends, as he further states – “It wouldn’t be worth buying if you aren’t going to taste it.” We totally agree, Mr. Shellenberg, sir!


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About Adrian Prisca

Founder of Luxatic and countless other projects, Adrian has shaped this website into a go-to source for discerning readers looking for the latest in luxury products and experiences. He has over 15 years of experience in creating, managing and publishing lifestyle content across numerous platforms and he’s considered a leading voice in the luxury industry. Learn more about Luxatic's Editorial Process.

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