An exceptionally rare wartime cask from 1943 has been unveiled as one of the oldest and most exclusive single malt whiskies in the world: Private Collection Glenlivet 1943 by Gordon & MacPhail, which 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. Distilled on 14 January 1943, a crucial date in the history of World War II, the new-make spirit was filled into a carefully selected Sherry hogshead at the renowned Speyside distillery. The release also represents the last 1943 Glenlivet vintage from the Gordon & MacPhail stock inventory. Rich chestnut brown in colour, Glenlivet 1943 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.
Every detail of Private Collection Glenlivet 1943 by Gordon & MacPhail alludes to the decades of experience and patience poured into nurturing the whisky to maturation. The meandering River Spey provides a unique closure to the handcrafted wooden box. Hand blown and bespoke, the decanter itself is adorned with gold engravings of the contours of the land surrounding the Glenlivet Distillery. It is accompanied by a 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.