Glenlivet releases WW2 single malt

A rare wartime cask from 1943 has been unveiled as one of the oldest single malt whiskies in the world.

The Elgin-based malt whisky specialists have announced the release of Private Collection Glenlivet 1943 by Gordon & MacPhail, the latest offering in its ‘Private Collection’ range.

40 decanters will be available for sale globally, with a UK RRP of £30,000, with a small number of decanters available from Gordon & MacPhail’s retail shop in Elgin.

“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,” said Rankin.
“Gordon & MacPhail has been in the whisky business for more than 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.”

Distilled on 14 January 1943, the spirit was filled into a sherry hogshead at the Speyside distillery. The release of Cask 121 also represents the last 1943 vintage from the Gordon & MacPhail stock inventory.
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 John Urquhart’s great-grandson, made the decision to bottle it.
Each decanter is accompanied by a commemorative book, written by whisky author Jonny McCormick and is individually numbered with a certificate of authenticity signed by Stephen Rankin.