No matter how hard experts try to remind enthusiasts how age statements do not automatically equate to good whiskey, they won’t sway the established opinion. We believe it may apply to some relatively new labels in the market. However, when a prominent distillery like Glenglassaugh unveiled the Coalescence of the Coast, collectors were bound to fight for it.

With a 55-year-old distinction, a single bottle was put on stage at the Distillers One of One Charity Auction. The proceeds of all sales at the event are slated to benefit disadvantaged kids in Scotland. Even without a noble cause behind the offering, interested parties wasted no time until the hammer dropped at roughly $45,552.

The establishment in charge of the occasion was the renowned auction house Sotheby’s, which subsequently declared it closed on October 5, 2023, at around 11:48 p.m. PST. In addition to the coveted Coalescence of the Coast from Glenglassaugh, the winner also reportedly received three miniature samples of the three casks featured in the blend.

“Master Blender Rachel Barrie has crafted this one-of-a-kind bottle from rare individual casks of Glenglassaugh filled in 1963, 1965 and 1967. Bottled at 40.8% abv, the coalescence of these casks in this fifty-five year old expression creates a multifaceted sensory experience, with both complexity and beautiful balance,” reads the lot details.

We have no way of knowing if the 55-year-old scotch will be kept unopened by the winning bidder, but Barrie was kind enough to share snippets of its tasting notes. The Coalescence of the Coast exudes delightful aromas of sherry, silken oak, and mandarin peel. A sip then entices your palate with essences of tropical flowers, ripe mango, and black cherry.

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Images courtesy of Sotheby’s/Glenglassaugh