What’s described as “four extremely rare Speyside whiskies” were chosen by those behind Gordon & MacPhail, all of which are over 55 years of age. They include:
A 61 Year Old Linkwood, the oldest ever released, from cask No.279 of Linkwood in the company warehouses (55 bottles released, each pricing a little over $10,000)
A 62 Year Old Glenlivet initially matured in first fill Hogshead before being transferred to another first fill Hogshead in January 1969 (69 bottles released, each pricing a little over $10,000)
A 63 Year Old Mortlach from the company’s last cask of 1951 Mortlach (61 bottles released, each pricing a little over $10,000)
A 57 Year Old Strathisla, the oldest ever released (61 bottles released, each pricing over $10,000)
Now one would expect that whisky at this price level would come in packaging worthy of a king, and that definitely seems to be the case. According to Gordon & MacPhail, they are presented
in beautifully-designed decanters, individually numbered, with the whisky details engraved and in-filled with silver colour. A silver-plated neck collar and stopper adorns each decanter.
Wood, metal and glass are combined in a striking and innovative way to protect and display the whisky; the decanter nestles in a glass-bottomed pack, revealing a hint of the whisky colour.
A series of four books by whisky writer Jonny McCormick, one for each of the whiskies, tells the story of Gordon & MacPhail and the whisky and regales the reader with tales of origins and ancestry, of people, place and belonging.
Gordon & MacPhail is no stranger to dealing with rare whiskies. It, for example, made history in 2010 by bottling the oldest cask ever released – a 70 year old Mortlach, distilled in 1938. They followed this up by releasing a 70 year old Glenlivet in 2011.
Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and...