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Gordon & MacPhail Release 70 Year Old Single Malt

Submitted by Tim Brice on March 28, 2011 – 9:33 pmNo Comment

Bottlers Gordon and Macphail have released the second in their Generations series with a 70 year old single malt from Glenlivet distillers.  Presented in a stunning glass commemorative teardrop decanter, this expression was distilled on the 3rd of February 1940 and aged in a first fill sherry butt.  That date, in the middle of World War II and the Battle for Britain, highlights this Scotch as a window to a much different time, a much different United Kingdom, a much different world.


Glenlivet 70 Year Old 1940 Generations Gordon and MacPhail Gordon & MacPhail Release 70 Year Old Single Malt

Glenlivet 70 year old single malt

The odds that this single malt would survive to realize this bottling were indeed long.  The credit for which goes to the Urquhart family who have owned and managed Gordon & MacPhail for the last four generations.  According to David and Michael Urquhart, Joint Managing Directors of Gordon & MacPhail: “Following on from the phenomenal success last year of Mortlach 70 Years Old, we decided to release this ‘sister’ Generations cask as there is clearly an enormous demand for greatly-aged Scotch Malt Whiskies.  This cask of The Glenlivet was laid down on 3rd February 1940, on the instruction of our grand-father, John Urquhart.  Since then, successive generations of the Urquhart family have been waiting for today – the day it would be ready to share with fellow whisky lovers.”



Gordon & MacPhail are renown as caretakers of some of the rarest single malt offerings.  “Throughout the 115 years since we were founded, we have made it our business to nurture and mature some of the finest whiskies Scotland has to offer.”


It is bottled at cask strength of about 46% AVV with only 100 70 cl bottles and 175 20 cl bottles available world wide.  In spite of its age, word has it that this is a vibrant and fresh single malt both on the nose and on the palate.  Rumor has it (because I have not yet had the privilege) that this offering gives off a nose of polished wood, baked apple and citrus, mostly soft orange.  On the palate, the lucky few with the opportunity will sample bits of oak, ruby port, vanilla and a subtle dryness.


It can be found at Master of Malt at the suggested prices of £13,000 ($20,785.70 at todays rate of exchange) and £3,200 ($5116) for the 70 cl and 20 cl bottles, respectively.  Remember, my birthday is just around the corner.



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