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Gordon & MacPhail Mr George Legacy Glen Grant 1953

4th May 2021
Gordon & MacPhail launch Mr George Legacy series with a rare Glen Grant 1953 67 Year Old, a first fill sherry butt matured, single cask, single malt whisky and incredibly bottled at a cask strength of 59.4% ABV.

Gordon & MacPhail Mr George Legacy Glen Grant 1953 67 Year Old, Cask No. 4209Gordon & MacPhail has just announced the release of a extremely rare Glen Grant 1953 vintage 67 Year Old single cask, single malt whisky, the rare dram is the first release in their new annual series of very special whiskies, the 'Mr George Legacy' series.

The new series is named in honour of George Urquhart, a member of the second generation of the family that owns Gordon & MacPhail, and who is described by whisky writer Charlie MacLean as the "father of single malt".

Keen to champion Scotlandís single malts at a time when the vast majority of stock was used for blending purposes, Mr George travelled far and wide from the 1950s, introducing a variety of whiskies to countries around Europe.

It was Mr George who in the mid-1960s took the unprecedented step of launching a range of single malts from different distilleries under the brand name 'Connoisseur's Choice', and offered the range for sale in the rapidly expanding Italian, French, American and Dutch markets. This move laid the foundations for the significant interest in malt whisky in these countries that remains to this day.

It is perhaps very fitting that Gordon & MacPhail have selected a single malt which was distilled at the Glen Grant distillery as the inaugural release in the Mr George Legacy series as without George Urquhart and the Elgin based family owned and run whisky business whisky fans would not have seen much single malt whisky at all from the Glen Grant distillery or many others over the years.

The Gordon & MacPhail Mr George Legacy Glen Grant 1953 67 Year Old which they have chosen to launch the new series was distilled on Christmas Eve 1953, it then spent 67 years in a First Fill Sherry Butt Cask No.4209 slowing maturing until it was bottled on Tuesday 5th January 2021 at a very impressive cask strength of 59.4% ABV, which is a truly remarkable strength for a whisky of this age. The oak grains in the sherry butt it matured in must have been very tight and gave very little away over the years while the whisky matured and its bottling strength simply adds to the whisky's rarity.

Described by Gordon & MacPhail as having soft aromas of beeswax polish, stewed fruit and hazelnuts on the nose. They say the  taste is characterised by a warming autumnal spice, with notes of plum, blackcurrant and treacle. This gives way to a long, lingering finish with fruit, spice and a hint of bonfire embers.

Stephen Rankin, grandson of Mr George and Gordon & MacPhailís Director of Prestige, said: "My grandfather possessed a passion for taking single malts beyond these shores. Over many decades, he built and nurtured close relationships with some of Scotlandís leading distilleries and proudly took as much as he could carry on his international trips. I have fond memories of joining him, meeting new people, and telling stories about the casks heíd chosen to bring out the best in the different types of spirit.

"He always had a soft spot for Glen Grant Distillery. The Legacy series allows us to explore some of these stories, providing some exceptional whiskies in fitting tribute to Mr Georgeís lifeís work."

Gordon & MacPhail Mr George Legacy Glen Grant 1953 67 Year Old is a release of 355 bottles and as you can imagine you will need deep pockets if you want to taste this rare sherry matured dram with a RRP of £5000, you will find it available from specialist online whisky retailers  such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

Gordon & MacPhail Mr George Legacy Glen Grant 1953 Review

Gordon & MacPhail Mr George Legacy Glen Grant 1953 67 Year Old, Cask No. 4209,  first-fill Sherry Butt, bottled at 59.4% ABV. Only 355 bottles.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Soft aromas of beeswax polish give way to stewed fruit and toasted hazelnuts. Subtle orange peel complements rich ginger notes.

Taste: Autumnal spice and ripe plum flavours combine with light blackcurrant undertones. Treacle comes to the fore alongside a light touch of fresh mint.

Finish: A full-bodied and long finish with lingering fruit, spice and a delicate hint of bonfire embers.

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