40 de­canters of ‘liq­uid his­tory’ to be re­leased

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen) - - NEWS -

A sin­gle malt whisky dat­ing from World War II has gone on sale for £30,000 a bot­tle.

The Gor­don & MacPhail whisky was dis­tilled on Jan­uary 14, 1943, as prime min­is­ter Win­ston Churchill met Pres­i­dent Franklin D Roo­sevelt, Gen­eral Charles de Gaulle and Gen­eral Dwight D Eisen­hower at the Casablanca Con­fer­ence.

The El­gin-based malt whisky spe­cial­ists yes­ter­day an­nounced the re­lease of Pri­vate Col­lec­tion Glen­livet 1943, the lat­est offer- ing in its Pri­vate Col­lec­tion range.

Only 40 de­canters will be avail­able for sale glob­ally, for £30,000 each.

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 se­nior part­ner John Urquhart’s great-grand­son, made the de­ci­sion to bot­tle it.

He 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.

“Gor­don & MacPhail has been in the whisky busi- ness 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.”

The re­lease of Cask 121 rep­re­sents the last 1943 vin­tage from the Gor­don & MacPhail stock in­ven­tory.

Gor­don & MacPhail was founded in El­gin in 1895.

Whisky writer and rare whisky spe­cial­ist Jonny McCormick said: “Gor­don & MacPhail is a sin­gu­lar whisky com­pany em­pha­sised by their in­com­pa­ra­ble ca­pac­ity to draw on stocks from the 1940s.

“This is an un­par­al­leled op­por­tu­nity to ac­quire an ex­quis­ite whisky that em­bod­ies the con­cept of rar­ity.

“The re­mark­able com­plex­ity and vivid flavours that have de­vel­oped over a life­time in wood en­sure this sin­gle malt Scotch whisky will make a hand­some ad­di­tion to the world’s finest whisky col­lec­tions.”

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