Originally set to be released onto the market immediately after Chinese New Year 2022, the final 50 bottles of rare Gordon & MacPhail Glen Grant 72-year-old to be released are now available for purchase…. even if some scotch lovers might find the steep price tag a bit “hard to swallow”.
Since Gordon & MacPhail’s Glen Grant 72-year-old is being heralded by the world’s leading whisky experts as one of the greatest and most historically significant whiskies ever produced, it’s no surprise that the final allocation of 50 bottles – from a run of only 290 bottles produced – is a tad on the expensive side. The price, for those who can afford it, is an eye-watering £50,000 per bottle (around US$67,680). However, for serious connoisseurs, or investors looking for the Holy Grail of beautifully aged rare whisky, securing a bottle for their personal collection is a must.
Recorded in the Top 5 Oldest Whiskies globally, this remarkable 1948 cask was deemed by the world’s most influential whisky guide, Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2022, to be truly outstanding – receiving an astonishing 97.5 out of 100. As well as being named the ‘World’s Finest Single Cask’, it has also picked up the highly prestigious title of ‘Scottish Single Malt Whisky of the Year for 2022’.
“This whisky has had 72 years for something to go wrong with it,” remarked Jim Murray. “Instead, we have the near-miraculous situation of a whisky sitting for 72 years in oak and everything going right with it. The chances for a whisky to reach this type of antiquity and hit this level of excellence is mind-blowing: it has to be one-in-a-million or more.”
Presented in a beautiful hand-cut crystal decanter, the finished product is nothing short of a masterpiece. A total of 200 bottles have sold before the whisky hit the shelves, which is a good indicator of massive demand. Market expectations are that prices may reach more than £100,000 per bottle once the final allocation is diminished and trading in the secondary market begins.
“I am completely blown away!” added Charles MacLean MBE, Master of the Quaich, Scotland’s leading whisky writer. “This is altogether an amazing and hugely rewarding whisky… Although I have rarely encountered whiskies of such advanced age, I am generally skeptical about very old malts – they lose vitality and tend to become fragile and flat, generally owing to low strength. Not in this case. I can honestly say this is one of the finest malts it has ever been my pleasure to taste in forty years of professional exploration.”
Founded in 1895, Gordon & MacPhail is a highly respected independent family-owned and managed bottler and distiller that four generations of the Urquhart family have successfully run. Glen Grant, meanwhile, was founded in 1840 – by the Grant brothers, John and James, in Rothes, Speyside – and their whiskies are world-renowned and considered some of the finest whiskies to be found today. The incredible Gordon & MacPhail 72-year-old is the oldest Glen Grant whisky ever released to be released to the market.
“We knew from day one that we had picked a great whisky,” commented Bob McNab, Managing Director of Premier Whisky (the exclusive online retailer). “We are especially grateful to our friends at Gordon & MacPhail, the expert creators and custodians of this special cask all these years. It only remained for us to give it the Premier Whisky star treatment commensurate with its quality and prestige – and of course, its inherent value.”
To find out more, visit Premier Whisky.