The world's oldest bottled single malt whisky has been revealed by whisky specialist Gordon & MacPhail.
Released under Gordon & MacPhail's 'Generations' brand, Mortlach 70 Years old Speyside single malt Scotch whisky was finally revealed - and tasted - by special guests at a launch in the atmospheric setting of Edinburgh Castle's Queen Anne room. One precious bottle of mortlach was piped into the Castle, escorted by guards from the Highlanders (4th Battalion)1.
The new-make spirit from Speyside's Mortlach distillery was filled into the cask on 15th October 1938 by John Urquhart, the grandfather of Gordon & MacPhail joint managing directors, David and Michael Urquhart. Exactly 70 years later, the decision was made to carefully empty the cask and bottle the contents.
Founded in 1895, Gordon & MacPhail is known the world over as the custodian of some of the oldest and rarest single malts available. Members of the third and fourth generations of the Urquhart family now own and manage the business.
David and Michael Urquhart, joint managing directors of Gordon & MacPhail said:
"This is a very special day for us, one we've literally been anticipating for generations. our family has been in the whisky business for a long time, with each generation building and handing on a lifetime's expertise to the next.
"We believe Mortlach 70 Years old is a malt without comparison. If the reaction of those lucky enough to enjoy a dram today is anything to go by, whisky fans and people wishing to own a unique piece of scotland's liquid history will be very excited about it."