An Octogenarian Dram

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Whisky creator Gordon & MacPhail will release the world’s oldest single malt Scotch whisky this September – an 80-Years-Old from Glenlivet Distillery.

Foresight can be a beautiful thing. Having a vision for how things will come to pass – whether it’s carrying an umbrella on a seemingly sunny day or investing in Bitcoin in 2009 – can lead to the most fortuitous scenarios. So it was when George Urquhart and his father John laid down a bespoke Gordon & MacPhail barrel of Glenlivet single malt, way back in 1940.

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Riding in the face of opinion that says the whisky aging process tops out at 50 years and that anything half a century or older is more marketing than magic, Gordon & MacPhail presents this 80-year-old dram – the latest luxury release by the company – in just 250 coveted decanters.

Whisky creator Gordon & MacPhail will release the world’s oldest single malt Scotch whisky this September - an 80-Years-Old from Glenlivet Distillery.

Created in collaboration with celebrated architect and designer Sir David Adjaye OBE (above), each decanter is presented in a sublime oak box (the wood is also the symbolic material of an 80th anniversary), with the first to be auctioned by Sotheby’s in October to aid the efforts of Scottish charity Trees for Life.

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For over 125 years, Gordon & MacPhail has been driven by a simple mission: to create single malt Scotch whisky of exceptional quality. Through four generations of family ownership, the company has matched its own casks with spirit from over 100 Scottish distilleries. It is this unique depth and breadth of experience that enables Gordon & MacPhail to combine oak, spirit, and time to create iconic whiskies found nowhere else in the world.

So far the company has kept mum on the flavour profile of the octogenarian dram but watch this space for the great reveal, one that’s 80 years in the making.

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