For the whisky connoisseur in your life the ultimate Christmas gift has to be the Russell Family Single Cask, matured in a hand-selected refill sherry butt for thirty-six long, character-building years.
Swift & Moore has received 35 bottles of this rare release from Glengoyne, from just 402 bottles released worldwide, and its retail partners snapped up all of Swift & Moore’s allocation within the 24 hours of its release.
Of course, a whisky so special was always going to be prized. There is, however, a collection of very fine whiskies that don’t cost over $6,000. There’s the Brazil nuts and soft oak of Glengoyne’s 10 Year Old ($95), the perfect first-fill and refill sherry balance of the 18 Year Old ($225), and the distinctive Christmas cake character of the 21 Year Old ($299).
There’s also a wonderful story to tell about the gift that got away. The 36 Year Old Russell Family Single Cask, was personally selected by three generations of the Russell family, Peter, Leonard and Tom Russell. After sampling cask number 1549, they were unanimous in their decision. This exquisite and rare classic Glengoyne single malt bottle at 50.7% ABV is at its peak, taking time to develop colour and deep oak richness without overpowering Glengoyne’s sweet, fruity characters. Its silky rich and creamy, balanced malt gives way to tropical fruits, dried banana chips and chocolate cherry with a long, rich finish of sherry and spices.
Russell Family Single Cask is also a very special whisky for Glengoyne, it is the first time the Russells have chosen to bottle a single cask to celebrate working together in the business. The exquisite and very rare whisky embodies the legacy of the Russell family, who continue to honour and respect Glengoyne’s unhurried approach to whisky making and world-class wood policy.
“We are so honoured to be able to sell this glorious and exceptional whisky. It is a tribute to the Russell family’s commitment to excellence and a paragon of what can be achieved using the finest whisky-making craftmanship. We know that those who are lucky enough to taste it will experience pleasure in its perfection,” stated Swift & Moore’s Managing Director Cameron Crowley.