Distilled in 1950, cask number 2747 was bottled 65 years later in 2015 at cask strength, at natural colour and is non-chill-filtered.
Ewen Mackintosh, Chief Operating Officer at Gordon & MacPhail said, “On 14th October 1950, a Sherry Butt was filled at Glen Grant Distillery – one of many casks filled by Gordon & MacPhail that year. The Sherry Butts were pinpointed as casks to be left for longer maturation. Indeed, this cask has passed through three generations of the Urquhart family, before finally being selected and bottled on its 65th birthday.”
When the cask was filled in 1950 the ABV of the spirit filled into cask was 63.5% and at the point of bottling it was 59.3% ABV, meaning the whisky lost only 4.2% of ABV over 65 years. The quality of cask used in maturation, allied to the temperature and humidity over the course of six and a half decades will have had a profound impact of the final Single Malt. The resulting Single Malt is testament to the skills and knowledge Gordon & MacPhail has developed over its long history.
Gordon & MacPhail Exclusive Glen Grant 1950 is bottled in individually numbered crystal decanter and special wooden box. The presentation also contains a book written especially for this occasion by a renowned whisky expert and Master of the Quaich, Charles MacLean, who describes the whisky as, “A superb malt whisky: elegant, distinguished and aristocratic – truly, a noble spirit. It is also remarkably lively for its age. The whisky’s unusually high strength after such a long period of maturation has retained vitality as well as adding depth and complexity.”
The limited edition of the 65 Year Old Glen Grant whisky was bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for Polish-based Wealth Solutions, a company that specialises in delivering unique spirits, collectibles and works of art to discerning connoisseurs and collectors. The demand for Gordon & MacPhail Exclusive Glen Grant 1950 has been such that all but one of the decanters were sold before the official launch.
“This venerable spirit is 65 years old. It has a uniquely opulent flavour profile and an extremely long finish. However, this beauty has something more: its unusually high strength is really rare for a whisky of this age. So old, yet so strong. I am really grateful to my partners from Gordon & MacPhail that I was able to offer this unique beverage to my clients,” said Michał Kowalski, Vice-President of Wealth Solutions.