Family-owned whisky specialist, Gordon & MacPhail continues the tradition of launching 70 years old whiskies. Last year it was Mortlach 70 Years Old, and now they will unveil Glenlivet 70 Years Old at a ceremony in Edinburgh Castle.
This genuinely is a 70 year old Glenlivet, distilled on the 3rd February 1940, and aged in a first fill sherry butt. Just 100 bottles of this have been released, each is presented in a stunning decanter. Released under G&M’s Generations label, one of the world’s oldest whiskies is being described as stupendous, smooth and voluptuous.
Each bottle will be beautifully presented in a tear-shaped hand-blown crystal decanter with an elegant British Hallmarked silver stopper. The decanter nestles in a sterling silver base and is framed in a handmade box, crafted in Scotland using Scottish Elm.
To make these exclusive purchase extra-special, enthusiasts will also be able to buy a limited edition set, the Private Collection: Glenlivet Decades. This set contains a bottle from every decade from the 1950s to 1990s – giving collectors the rare opportunity to own the liquid lifetime of the malt.
David and Michael Urquhart, Joint Managing Directors of Gordon & MacPhail, said: This cask of The Glenlivet was laid down on 3rd February 1940, on the instruction of our grand-father, John Urquhart. Since then, successive generations of the Urquhart family have been waiting for today – the day it would be ready to share with fellow whisky lovers.
Throughout the 115 years since we were founded, we have made it our business to nurture and mature some of the finest whiskies Scotland has to offer. The ‘Glenlivet Decades’ collection revisits this special malt throughout the years, allowing whisky enthusiasts to get a real sense of how the cask and the maturation process change the character of a whisky.
Well-known whisky connoisseur Charles Maclean described the launch: Made at the height of the Battle of Britain, The Glenlivet 1940 opens a door into a different time, another country. To smell and taste this exquisite whisky is to experience the past in a unique way – layer upon layer of flavour, profound and evocative. Its companions from the succeeding five decades provide an unrepeatable opportunity to explore subtle differences in the flavour of this Prince of Whiskies over half a century – as well as being a Blue Chip investment!
Only 100 full-size bottles of the 70 years old whisky, priced at £13,000 ($21,000) each, will be made available to the enthusiasts in 2011. For those who can’t afford the 70cl bottle, they have 175 20cl bottles, priced at £3,200 each. [Gordon & MacPhail]