The Glenlivet Release 74-Year-Old Single Malt Whisky

Gordon & MacPhail, a renowned Scotch whisky brand with a legacy dating back to 1895, has recently unveiled a true gem for whisky connoisseurs and collectors alike. 

In a tribute to time, craftsmanship, and the art of maturation, they have introduced the Gordon & MacPhail 1949 from the Glenlivet Distillery.

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The Essence of Time in a Bottle

This exceptional single malt whisky, laid down in a refill Sherry butt on New Year’s Day 1949, has journeyed through history, capturing the essence of every passing year. It was finally bottled on March 6th this year, making it a remarkable 74-year-old expression.

A Symphony of Flavours

As enthusiasts prepare to savour this masterpiece, they can expect an extraordinary sensory experience. The Gordon & MacPhail 1949 boasts enticing aromas of stewed fruit intermingling with hints of cinnamon, aged leather, and clementine. 

With an ABV of 49.3%, it offers a rich and complex palate. Autumnal spices and fruitcake dance alongside cracked pepper, with delicate undertones of garden mint, dark treacle, and charred oak.

A Rare Find

Only 192 bottles of this precious elixir have been made available to the public, each priced at a staggering £35,000 (approximately US$43,000). This release is not only a testament to the art of whisky crafting but also a tribute to the Glenlivet Distillery, as it represents the final 1949 cask from this historic establishment.

The Release

Dubai International Airport had the exclusive privilege of selling this remarkable whisky from September 1st to 19th, after which it became available to enthusiasts worldwide. 

Ewen Mackintosh, the Managing Director at Gordon & MacPhail said, “Patience, knowledge, skill and a commitment to quality are all principles exemplified in this greatly aged single malt.

“Gordon & MacPhail 1949 from Glenlivet Distillery is extremely scarce – our very last cask of Glenlivet from 1949 – making it a must for whisky enthusiasts looking to savour a remarkable greatly aged single malt exuding layers of character and decades of maturation expertise.”

Gordon & MacPhail Changes 

Founded in 1895, Gordon & MacPhail has a storied history of selecting and maturing single malts from over 100 Scottish distilleries. Their dedication to patience, knowledge, skill, and unwavering commitment to quality is evident in every bottle they release. Following news that Gordon & MacPhail will start producing their own whisky, this release is the start of a change in business practices for the historic whisky producer.

In Gordon & MacPhail’s Gordon & MacPhail 1949 from Glenlivet Distillery, enthusiasts have the opportunity to taste not just an old whisky, but an extraordinary journey through time, encapsulated in a single, meticulously crafted bottle. It’s a celebration of the artistry of whisky-making, a testament to the patience of maturation, and a gift for those who appreciate the finest spirits life has to offer.

A World of Rare Whisky

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