Gor­don & MacPhail re­leases 1943 World War II whisky

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Gor­don & MacPhail re­leases 1943 World War Two whisky - An ex­cep­tion­ally rare wartime cask from 1943 has been un­veiled as one of the old­est and most ex­clu­sive sin­gle malt whiskies in the world. The El­gin-based malt whisky spe­cial­ists today (2nd Oc­to­ber 2017) an­nounced the re­lease of Pri­vate Col­lec­tion Glen­livet 1943 by Gor­don & MacPhail, the lat­est of­fer­ing in its ‘ Pri­vate Col­lec­tion’ range. Gor­don & MacPhail re­leases 1943 World War Two whisky in only forty de­canters will be avail­able for sale glob­ally, with a UK RRP of £30,000 (CDN $51,000).

A small num­ber of de­canters will be avail­able from Gor­don & MacPhail’s his­toric re­tail shop in El­gin. Those pur­chas­ing a de­can­ter at the South Street ‘spir­i­tual home’ will also en­joy an ex­clu­sive tast­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in­cluded in their pur­chase. Dis­tilled on 14 Jan­uary 1943, a cru­cial date in the his­tory of World War Two, the new-make spirit was filled into a care­fully se­lected Sherry hogshead at the renowned Spey­side dis­tillery. The re­lease of Cask 121 also rep­re­sents the last 1943 vin­tage from the Gor­don & MacPhail stock in­ven­tory.

As the bung was be­ing ham­mered into place in Cask 121, a world away in North Africa, Prime Min­is­ter Win­ston Churchill met Pres­i­dent Franklin D. Roo­sevelt, Gen­eral Charles de Gaulle, and Gen­eral Dwight D. Eisen­hower at the Casablanca Con­fer­ence. The meet­ing dis­cussed Al­lied strat­egy for the war in Europe. His­to­ri­ans came to view this meet­ing as crit­i­cally im­por­tant to the fate of the world for gen­er­a­tions to come.

By the win­ter of 1943, the war had se­verely cur­tailed pro­duc­tion of whisky in Scot­land. Prices and duty were on the rise and ra­tioning meant raw in­gre­di­ents were in in­creas­ingly short sup­ply. In fact, many Scot­tish dis­til­leries were closed af­ter Oc­to­ber 1942; The Glen­livet Dis­tillery it­self halted pro­duc­tion in the Spring of 1943. Ma­ture whiskies from this pe­riod were in great de­mand so, by the late 1940s and early 1950s, avail­able casks were ex­tremely lim­ited.

Rich chest­nut brown in colour, Pri­vate Col­lec­tion Glen­livet 1943 by Gor­don & MacPhail is a whisky of great bal­ance and ap­proach­a­bil­ity. A full, fresh flavour of dark cho­co­late, or­anges, and oak­i­ness in­ter­min­gles with trea­cle and liquorice and cul­mi­nates with a sub­tle, ashy smok­i­ness and an in­cred­i­bly long fin­ish.

Founded in 1895 in El­gin, Scot­land, Gor­don & MacPhail is the cus­to­dian of many of the old­est and rarest sin­gle malts in the world with an un­ri­valled stock in­ven­tory. The fourth gen­er­a­tion of the Urquhart fam­ily up­hold the same tra­di­tions and ded­i­ca­tion to whisky mat­u­ra­tion as the gen­er­a­tions that came be­fore them.

In 1943, Cask 121 was se­lected by John and Ge­orge Urquhart, first and sec­ond gen­er­a­tion of the Urquhart fam­ily, for fill­ing at the Glen­livet Dis­tillery. Stephen Rankin, a di­rec­tor of the com­pany and John Urquhart’s great­grand­son, made the de­ci­sion to bot­tle it.

Stephen Rankin said:“This beau­ti­ful whisky has been nur­tured and cared for by four gen­er­a­tions of our fam­ily and it gives us enor­mous plea­sure to re­lease this unique and in­cred­i­bly rare sin­gle malt.

“This beau­ti­ful whisky has been nur­tured and cared for by four gen­er­a­tions of our fam­ily" said Stephen Rankin and it gives us enor­mous plea­sure to re­lease this unique and in­cred­i­bly rare sin­gle malt.

“Gor­don & MacPhail has been in the whisky busi­ness for over 122 years, with each gen­er­a­tion build­ing and hand­ing on a life­time’s ex­per­tise to the next. We be­lieve Pri­vate Col­lec­tion Glen­livet 1943 by Gor­don & MacPhail is a malt with­out com­par­i­son from a defin­ing date in the his­tory of a world in con­flict.

“Today, whisky is a won­der­fully uni­fy­ing drink and this rare ex­am­ple gives peo­ple from across the world the chance to own and savour a defin­ing piece of Scot­land’s liq­uid his­tory.”

Ac­com­pa­nied by a vis­ually at­mo­spheric com­mem­o­ra­tive book, writ­ten by whisky au­thor Jonny McCormick, each de­can­ter is in­di­vid­u­ally num­bered with a cer­tifi­cate of au­then­tic­ity signed by Stephen Rankin, di­rec­tor and mem­ber of the Urquhart fam­ily.

Pri­vate Col­lec­tion Glen­livet 1943 by Gor­don & MacPhail was ma­tured in a first-fill Sherry hogshead for seventy years. Only forty de­canters, bot­tled at cask strength (49.1 ABV), have been re­leased for sale world­wide. A lim­ited num­ber are avail­able for pur­chase di­rectly from the com­pany’s ‘spir­i­tual home’, the South Street Re­tail Shop, at an RRP of £30,000. Prices may dif­fer in in­ter­na­tional mar­kets due to lo­cal taxes and duty.

For more in­for­ma­tion, please visit: www.gor­do­nand­macphail.com

Glen­livet re­leases 1943 World War Two whisky at $51,000 per bot­tle

“This beau­ti­ful whisky has been nur­tured and cared for by four gen­er­a­tions of our fam­ily" said Stephen Rankin

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