Glen Grant Distillery’s Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection 1952 has been maturing for the last 70 years in a first fill sherry butt, the same length of time that Queen Elizabeth II has sat on the throne. The bottle date – February 6th – is also the same date as the Queen’s accession, serving as a fitting tribute.
Bottled at 52.3% ABV, the producer has described the dram as having nose notes of beeswax polish, toffee and orange zest, a stewed blackberry mouthfeel with sweet clementine and milk chocolate, rounded off with a long smoke and pepper finish.
A further £20,000 from the proceeds of the release will be donated by Gordon & MacPhail, in support of the Queen’s green canopy initiative, with the aim to build on the 2021 partnership with Scottish charity Trees of Life.
Managing Director at Gordon & MacPhail, Ewen Mackintosh, said on the release: “It’s an honour to release this exceptional single malt whisky to commemorate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Matured over seven decades in our own casks this single malt provides an opportunity to enjoy a style of Speyside whisky which is distinctly different to those created today.
“Our approach to ensuring our casks, made from the highest quality wood to our exact specifications, is a one which sits right at the heart of our business. We want to do our bit to support The Queen’s ‘Green Canopy’ initiative by continuing our successful partnership with Tress for Life. The monies donated from this release will provide funding for their nursery which grows 100,000 rare and native trees, including oaks, from seed each year. It’s fitting that this whisky will provide a legacy that will last for generations.”
Only 256 bottles of the whisky are available worldwide, with this one of the oldest Glen Grant whiskies ever released from Gordon & MacPhail’s warehouse in Elgin, with more information available on their website.