In the early days of February 1940, the Walt Disney company was releasing Pinocchio to studio audiences, a 4-year-old named Tenzin Gyatso in Tibet was proclaimed the rebirth making him the 13th Dalai Lama, events worldwide were being derailed by what we now know as World War Two….but in a quiet corner of Scotland, a man named John Urquhart and his son George were laying the foundations for the Glenlivet Whisky Distillery.
Referred to by renowned whisky writer Charlie MacLean as ‘the father of single malt’, George Urquhart passionately believed that each whisky should be left to mature until the cask and spirit had combined to create the desired quality, and it was ready to be shared. The time for Cask 340 was to be 80 years – longer than any other Scotch whisky in history.
Now, in 2021, whisky creator Gordon & MacPhail are preparing to release the world’s oldest single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenlivet Distillery in partnership with Sir David Adjaye OBE.
Stephen Rankin is the Director of Prestige at Gordon & MacPhail Whiskies, and member of the fourth generation of the family that owns the company.
Mr Rankin said:
“That this whisky – the oldest single malt Scotch ever bottled – remains so full of vibrant flavour with a strength of 44.9% ABV, is testimony to knowledge handed down over successive generations of my family,”
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.
To celebrate John and George Urquhart’s vision, Gordon & MacPhail has collaborated with internationally acclaimed architect and designer, Sir David Adjaye OBE, to create a unique decanter and oak case to house the world’s most precious whisky to date.
Described as ‘an architect with an artist’s sensibilities and vision’, Adjaye was a natural choice as a creative partner; a man who shares the company’s values of artistry, legacy, and craftsmanship.
Sir David Adjaye OBE said:
“When collaborating, I am looking for like-minded partners in terms of their craft, beliefs and traditions. I loved Gordon & MacPhail’s rigour and obsession with their products and their craft – a romantic commitment that enables one to do exceptional things. Our partnership felt so organic,”
The 80 year old whisky will be available for purchase September 2021 from Gordon & MacPhail.