Gordon & MacPhail introduces 70-year-old Glen Grant

The independent bottler's Private Collection series features the oldest ever bottled single malt of the distillery

For seven decades, the Glen Grant whisky was matured in a first fill Sherry butt numbered 2154 before Gordon & MacPhail now bottled it and presents it in its high-end Private Collection. It is a series of superlatives: After the oldest ever bottled Caol Ila, the Gordon & MacPhail 1968 Caol Ila, was presented in December 2018, now the Gordon & MacPhail 1948 Glent Grant follows as the oldest ever bottled whisky of the famous Glen Grant Distillery.

When the cask was selected seventy years ago, Gordon & MacPhail was headed by John Urquhart. During seven decades, his son George, afterwards George’s son Ian, and finally Ian’s nephew Stuart looked after the cask. So, four generations of the family took care of it, before it was chosen by Stuart for bottling on October 19, 2018.

The whisky was bottled in hand-blown glass decanters at 48.6% vol. There are only 210 copies of it, packed in representative wooden boxes. The press release describes this Glen Grant Single Malt Whisky as elegant, characterized by aromas of dried fruit, orange zests, black pepper and with fine smoky notes – in 1948 it was still a usual practice in the Speyside using peat to fire of the maltings. The exclusive Gordon & MacPhail 1948 Glent Grant will be available from special retailers for £17,500.