The Macallan, a brand of New York-based The Macallan Distillers Ltd., unveiled a rare limited-edition single-malt whisky: The Macallan 50 Years Old, 2018 release.

A peerless single malt that has slowly matured across five decades, The Macallan 50 Years Old reflects The Macallan’s journey of discovery in the modern era, it says. It is a whisky defined by years of dedication and craftsmanship, it adds.

A rich and complex whisky, The Macallan presents sweet oak vanilla and black currant characters with an amber natural color, according to the company. Wood vanillas open on the nose with a hint of spice before ripe black currants and an earthy tone combine, with a background of subtle peat. The palate leads with flavors of sweet oak vanilla, fudge and toffee, soon making way for black peppercorns with deep sweetness from orange peels and figs, it adds. The finish is a mouth coating, which is long and slightly dry from the subtle pear notes.

 “After being left to mature for half a century, this wonderfully rare single malt is full of rich flavor and beautiful natural color,” said Nick Savage, master distiller at The Macallan, in a statement. “Coveted by whisky connoisseurs and collectors around the world, The Macallan 50 Years Old is an incredible addition to our expanding range of unique, mature whiskies and marks another pinnacle of The Macallan whisky makers’ art. With a finite volume of only 200 individually numbered bottles worldwide, this highly limited 2018 release will likely be in very high demand.” 

Bottled with an alcohol-by-volume content of 44 percent, The Macallan 50 Years Old is presented in a solid oak box featuring an etched face inlaid with a matte gold badged age statement. The bottle label is reminiscent of the 50 and 25 Years Old bottling’s of yesteryear. The 2018 release will be available starting in April and is limited to 200 bottles worldwide, with only 35 bottles allocated to the United States, at a suggested retail price of $35,000, the company says.