Gordon & MacPhail releases Glen Grant 19504th January, 2016 by Kristiane Sherry
Independent whisky firm Gordon & MacPhail has bottled a “rare”, limited edition Glen Grant 1950 expression exclusively for Wealth Solutions, a corporate collector.
218 numbered crystal decanters of the 65-year-old cask strength, natural colour and non-chill filtered whisky were made available for sale.
“On 14th October 1950, a Sherry butt was filled at Glen Grant Distillery – one of many casks filled by Gordon & MacPhail that year,” said Ewen Mackintosh, chief operating officer at Gordon & MacPhail.
“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.”
Unusually the whisky only lost 4.2% abv over its 65-year maturation, says the company. The spirit went into the cask at 63.5% abv and was bottled at 59.3% abv.
The expression is presented in a wooden box and is accompanied by a book written for its release by Charles MacLean. In it, the liquid is described 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.”
Poland-based Wealth Solutions says that the demand for Gordon & MacPhail Exclusive Glen Grant 1950 was so great that all but one of the decanters were sold prior to the official launch.
Michał Kowalski, vice president of Wealth Solutions, added: “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.”
Wealth Solutions was established in 2007 to provide unique products to Polish collectors. In November 2015, it opened what was said to be the world’s oldest Cognac in a ceremony in Warsaw.