Thu 15 Nov 2012
World's Joint Oldest Single Malt Scotch Whisky On Sale
Remaining 70 Year Old Single Malt released to UK and international market
Gordon & MacPhail, the world’s leading malt whisky specialist, is releasing the remainder of the 100 bottles of the Glenlivet 70 Years Old to the UK and international market, giving collectors and consumers a final chance to own a piece of Scotland’s liquid history. It follows an exclusive sales preview of the rare malt at Vancouver International Airport through late September and October.
Distilled in 1940, the first batch of the Gordon & MacPhail Generations Glenlivet 70 Years Old was released in March 2011 and met with international acclaim. All 100 large decanters sold out quickly to customers worldwide.
The decanters now on sale are the last drops left of the Glenlivet 70 Years Old from this cask.
Michael Urquhart, Managing Director of Gordon & MacPhail, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the international interest for our Generations range. The Glenlivet 70 Years Old is a sublime whisky and is a treasure for whisky enthusiasts and collectors.
“Our family has passed its knowledge and expertise of Scotch whisky from generation to generation since we were founded over 117 years ago. We’re proud to be able to share this with the rest of the world.”
Cask 339 was filled at Glenlivet Distillery on 3rd February 1940, to the instruction of John Urquhart, grandfather and great-grandfather of Gordon & MacPhail’s current owners. Successive generations of the Urquhart family waited for the day when it would be ready to share with fellow whisky enthusiasts. 70 years on, the whisky was bottled at cask strength (45.9%).
World-renowned whisky expert, Charles Maclean, said: “The Glenlivet 1940 comes from a distillery which has been the benchmark against which other malts have been measured since the 1820s. Such a whisky will never be seen again. It is incredibly rare, and therefore highly collectable. But, more importantly, it is also celestial on the palate.”
Each bottle is 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 Yew.
Gordon & MacPhail Generations Glenlivet 70 Years Old was matured in a First Fill Sherry Butt, and bottled at cask strength (45.9% ABV). It is the second in a series of extremely rare malt whiskies to be released by Gordon & MacPhail under its Generations brand. In 2010 the family owned firm made history as
it released Generations Mortlach 70 Years Old, in Scotland’s capital city, at Edinburgh Castle.
Gordon & MacPhail Generations Glenlivet 70 Years Old has a recommended retail price of £15,000 in the UK. Prices may vary in different countries due to different excise and sales taxes and currency fluctuations.
For more information, visit http://www.gordonandmacphail.com