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Le Clos and Gordon & MacPhail Unveil Glenlivet 74 Year Old

11th September 2023
Le Clos unveil a rare Glenlivet 74 Year Old at Dubai international airport, distilled in 1949 and matured in Gordon & MacPhail's warehouse for over 7 decades in a refill Sherry butt.

Le Clos and Gordon & MacPhail Unveil Glenlivet 74 Year Old

Le Clos has unveiled an extraordinary whisky which is set to launch exclusively today, September 11th, at Dubai International Airport boutiques. This limited-edition rarity, which has been meticulously crafted by Gordon & MacPhail, the venerable independent whisky bottler, is a truly rare single malt, laid down to mature in a refill Sherry butt at Glenlivet Distillery on New Year's Day in 1949.

This single malt stands as one of the most venerable Glenlivet releases from Gordon & MacPhail, having matured gracefully in their warehouse for over seven decades. Elevating its uniqueness is the fact that this whisky represents the final cask from Glenlivet Distillery dating back to 1949 in Gordon & MacPhail's possession.

Said to have a rich tapestry of flavours and an abundance of character, this whisky reveals sweet, stewed fruit aromas harmoniously mingling with fragrant cinnamon, well-aged leather, clementine zest, and the lustrous sheen of beeswax polish. On the palate, autumnal spices and fruitcake dance in symphony with cracked pepper, underpinned by subtle hints of garden-fresh mint, dark treacle, and the warmth of charred oak.

Preserving its cask strength at a robust 49.3% ABV after 74 years, a mere 192 bottles of this ultra-rare elixir will be available for purchase. Le Clos proudly holds the mantle of worldwide travel retail exclusivity for 30 of these bottles and will be the inaugural retailer on the global stage to offer this exclusive gem to its discerning clientele before it enters domestic markets on September 19th.

"Dubai Airports is delighted to see Le Clos continue to be world-leading by sourcing and offering innovative and exclusive products that truly elevate our guest experience. We are pleased Le Clos at Dubai International Airport will showcase this early and exclusive launch. Providing access for our guests to these rare and exceptional products continues to be the strength of Le Clos and highlights our joint commitment to create exceptional guest experiences in premium travel retail.,"commented Alison Macdonald, Vice President - Commercial Concession Management at Dubai Airports.

The Gordon & MacPail Glenlivet 74 Year Old is pre-launching with a limited offer RSP at AED144,999 | 31,300 for the duration of the worldwide exclusive pre-launch. From the 19th of September, alignment on the global RSP of AED162,000 | 35,000

If you have no plans to travel in the near future you will find the current Glenlivet whisky range available f
rom specialist online whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

Gordon & MacPhail Glenlivet 1949 74 Year Old Review

Bottled at 49.3% ABV.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Sweet stewed fruit aromas combine with a fragrant cinnamon spice and aged leather. A hint of aniseed gives way to clementine and beeswax polish.

Taste: Autumnal spice and fruitcake flavours are balanced by cracked black pepper. Undertones of garden mint come to the fore alongside dark treacle and charred oak.

Finish: A spicy finish with lasting citrus fruit and mixed nuts.

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