Gordon & MacPhail bottles 72YO Glen Grant ScotchBy Owen Bellwood
Scotch whisky bottler Gordon & MacPhail will debut its 72-year-old Glen Grant single malt at a Bonhams Hong Kong auction later this month.
The Gordon & MacPhail 72 Year Old was distilled by Speyside producer Glen Grant in 1948. The whisky has since matured in an American oak ex-Sherry cask, which imparted ‘a deep amber hue’.
On the nose, the whisky has aromas of Christmas cake moistened with oloroso Sherry, with a slightly burnt base. On the palate, drinkers will find ‘a sweet taste at the start and a tannic, dry kick to finish with a surprising punch of spice, whispers of espresso and deep dark chocolate’.
Charles MacLean, whisky expert and Master of the Quaich, said: “I am generally sceptical about very old malts because they lose vitality and tend to become fragile and flat. Not in this case.
“It’s great age adds value to the experience of tasting it, conjuring images of what the world was like in 1948. I can honestly say that this is one of the finest malts I have tasted in 40 years of professional exploration. It is outstanding.”
Gordon & MacPhail has filled 290 decanters with the rare Glen Grant whisky. Bottle number 88 will make its debut at Bonhams’ Hong Kong auction on 29 January 2021. The new release has a book estimate of HK$300,000-HK$380,000 (US$38,700-US$49,000).
Daniel Lam, wine and whisky specialist at Bonhams, said: “There’s been numerous new records set for whisky sold at Bonhams in 2020. We anticipate collectors’ desire and determination to acquire the market’s best whiskies to continue into 2021.
“With the Gordon & MacPhail 72YO’s stunning decanter design on the front cover our whisky catalogue, we expect some new records to be set for Scotch whisky at our upcoming auction. The desirable bottle number 88 will surely become a legacy piece at the event.”
Bottled at 56.2% ABV, the 72-year-old whisky is packaged in a Dartington Crystal decanter that features a design to represent the age of the cask and is inspired by a tree’s annual growth rings.
The crystal decanter is housed in an American black walnut presentation box.