Now, I like a good scotch whiskey once and awhile. So, I read about this Glenfiddich 50 Year Old.
50 years spent maturing in oak casks. All those liquor descriptors apply: complex, sensuous flavors, mellow, smooth, and sweet woody aroma.
Plus all those descriptions that make less sense:
"The nose is beautifully harmonious with an uplifting, vibrant and complex aroma. Delicate floral notes (rose petals and violets) are intriguingly intertwined with green tobacco leaf and oak and just a faint hint of smoke. The taste is initially very sweet with a zesty orange marmalade and vanilla toffee, which then cascades through a wonderful series of layers: aromatic herbs, floral and soft fruits, silky oak tannin and hints of gentle smoke."
This whiskey (that's whisky for people with a different spellchecker) was unveiled by Peter Grant Gordon at The Glenfiddich Distillery in July 2009. The first vatting was created from just nine casks, laid down between 1937 and 1939, one for each of the founder's children.
It is the darkest golden amber Glenfiddich whiskey, drawn from two casks, both having spent the last 50 years maturing in the darkness and chill of Warehouse 8.
Cost? $16,000 a bottle. Some select hotels will pour you a glass for $800.