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Gordon & MacPhail Glenlivet 1943 70 Year Old


10th October 2017
Gordon & MacPhail release a rare 70 year old World War II distillation of The Glenlivet.

Gordon & MacPhail Glenlivet 1943 70 Year Old

Gordon & MacPhail has released a rare World War II distillation of Glenlivet single malt whisky. The Gordon & MacPhail Glenlivet 1943 70 year old single cask 121 is one of the oldest Scotch single malt whiskies ever released and the fact that it was distilled during the World War II, a period when very little whisky was distilled and the little that was produced has long since been drunk adds to this whisky's rarity.

The single cask of whisky was distilled and filled to a first-fill Sherry hogshead cask 121 on 14th January 1943 at the Glenlivet distillery, it was moved to Gordon & MacPhail's Elgin warehouse on 2nd February 1967 then bottled at 49.1% ABV on the 11th June 2013 making it 70 year old and one of the oldest Scotch single malt whiskies ever bottled.

Released under Gordon & MacPhail's Private Collection label, G & M describe the rare whisky as being, "Rich chestnut brown in colour, a whisky of great balance and approachability with a full, fresh flavour of dark chocolate, oranges, and oakiness intermingles with treacle and liquorice and culminates with a subtle, ashy smokiness and an incredibly long finish".

Presented in a handcrafted wooden box, the bespoke hand blown decanter is adorned with gold engravings of the contours of the land surrounding the Glenlivet Distillery.

Accompanied by a commemorative book, each decanter is individually numbered with a certificate of authenticity signed by G & M director Stephen Rankin.

I am not sure where the whisky has been since it was bottled in 2013 and I cannot comment on its quality other than to say that G&M's past record for bottlings of a similar age from this distillery has been outstanding. I can tell you that there are only forty decanters which will be available for sale with a RRP of 30,000 from specialist online whisky shops such as Master of Malt and The Whisky Exchange
 

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