Scotch whisky maker Gordon & MacPhail have released the holy grail of their prized collection with the Private Collection Glenlivet 1943 which is one of the oldest single malt whiskies in the world. While most distilleries were silent during this period due to war rationing, the Glenlivet distillery produced this whisky on 14 January 1943. The date of distillation holds special significance for this Whisky. On the same day that Private Collection Glenlivet 1943 was made, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill met President Franklin D. Roosevelt, General Charles de Gaulle, and General Dwight D. Eisenhower in Casablanca to reach an agreement for strategies moving forward in the war in Europe.
Generally, this is considered to be a key turning point in the war and perhaps one of the vital occurrences that led to the Allied victory just over two years later.
By the end of the1940s, available casks of the edition became extremely limited. The Glenlivet was briefly out of production during the Second World War (the only time in the brand’s history), and so production of the 1943 edition was halted earlier than expected. On the 14th of January 1943, Cask 121, a first fill Sherry hogshead selected by John and George Urquhart, was filled with new-make spirit and carefully stowed away at the distillery. It would spend the next 24 years of its life there before relocating to Gordon & MacPhail’s warehouses in Elgin in 1967. The whisky would reside there for another 46 years before the cask was finally selected by John Urquhart’s great-grandson to be emptied and bottled on the 11th of June 2013.
Only 42 decanters of a 74-year-old drop are being released, and each is numbered with a certificate of authenticity along with a commemorative book by whisky writer Jonny McCormick.
The flavour profile is said to be that of a nose of coffee, milk chocolate, wood spices and burnt orange. There’s also a fine palate of treacle, burnt caramel, Sherry and stewed fruit.
And, not only one of the world’s rarest whiskies, due to a price of £30,000 ($40,000) per decanter, Private Collection Glenlivet 1943 by Gordon & MacPhail is also one of the most expensive.