‘Sequel’ to World’s Oldest Whisky Unveiled

By P. Joseph

Whisky specialist Gordon & MacPhail has followed up on last year’s launch of the oldest single malt ever bottled with a new cask including a £13,000 bottle of 70-year-old Scotch.

The Glenlivet 70 Years Old will feature just 100 full-size bottles of the exclusive whisky available to buy in 2011.

Poured into a first-fill American Oak sherry cask in February 1940 during the Battle of Britain, the whisky has aged for over seven decades, slowly maturing and shrinking in volume.

The remaining 100 full-size 700ml decanters are available at £13,000 apiece, with 175 smaller 200ml bottles also available at £3,200 each.

David and Michael Urquhart, Joint Managing Directors of Gordon & MacPhail, said: “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.”

Founded in 1895, the family-run Scottish distillery is renowned for producing some of the oldest and rarest single malts available.

By P. Joseph