Whisky creators Gordon & MacPhail have revealed a very special single malt whisky to honour the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.
The Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection 1952 from Glen Grant Distillery has spent the past 70 years maturing in a first fill Sherry butt, the same amount of time that Her Majesty has been on the throne. It was bottled on 6th February, the date of the Queen’s accession, and serves as a fitting tribute, exemplifying how character, patience and wisdom can mature over decades to deliver an exceptional legacy.
In support of the Queen’s ‘green canopy’ initiative and build on the successful 2021 partnership with Scottish charity Trees for Life, Gordon & MacPhail is donating a further £20,000 from the proceeds of the release.
Ewen Mackintosh, Gordon & MacPhail Managing Director, said: “It’s an honour to release this exceptional single malt whisky to commemorate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Matured over seven decades in our own casks this single malt provides an opportunity to enjoy a style of Speyside whisky which is distinctly different to those created today.
“Our approach to ensuring our casks, made from the highest quality wood to our exact specifications, is a one which sits right at the heart of our business. We want to do our bit to support The Queen’s ‘Green Canopy’ initiative by continuing our successful partnership with Tress for Life. The monies donated from this release will provide funding for their nursery which grows 100,000 rare and native trees, including oaks, from seed each year. It’s fitting that this whisky will provide a legacy that will last for generations.”
Just 256 bottles of the ultra-rare commemorative whisky are available worldwide from the single cask laid down in 1952, some of the oldest Glen Grant whisky ever released from Gordon & MacPhail’s revered warehouse in Elgin. Distilled on 26th January 1952 and spending its entire maturation in cask no. 381, a first-fill Sherry butt, the Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection 1952 from Glen Grant Distillery was bottled on 6th February 2022 at a cask strength of 52.3% ABV.
Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection 1952 from Glen Grant Distillery has an RSP of £20,000. Prices may vary in international markets as a result of duty and taxes.
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Tasting notes: Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection 1952 from Glen Grant Distillery
Matured in cask 381, a first-fill Sherry butt, and bottled at 52.3% ABV. Outturn of 256 bottles.
- COLOUR: Dark Gold
- AROMA: Notes of BEESWAX POLISH give way to HONEYED ripe FIG aromas, TOFFEE and ORANGE ZEST. Aged leather complements RUM and RAISIN.
- TASTE :STEWED BLACKBERRY compote, SWEET CLEMENTINE and MILK CHOCOLATE flavours are followed by DRIED TOBACCO LEAF and a MENTHOL undertone.
- FINISH: A long finish with a touch of SMOKE and a hint of PEPPER.
About Gordon & MacPhail Whiskies
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 spirit from over 100 Scottish distilleries to its own bespoke casks.
It is this unique depth and breadth of experience that enables Gordon & MacPhail to combine oak, spirit and time to create a portfolio of iconic whiskies found nowhere else in the world.
- ‘Discovery’–This flavour-led range is the perfect introduction to our portfolio of quality single malt Scotch whiskies
- ‘Distillery Labels’–A range celebrating our long-standing relationships with Scotland’s distilleries
- ‘Connoisseurs Choice’ –The heart of our portfolio. Always unique, these non-chill-filtered, natural coloured, small batch expressions are genuine one-offs.
- ‘Private Collection’–Greatly-aged single malts from celebrated, little-known, or closed distilleries specially selected by members of the Urquhart family
- ‘Generations’–A prestigious collection of old, rare, and exclusive masterpieces
About Trees for Life
Founded in 1993, Trees for Life is an award-winning charity with a vision of a revitalised wild forest in the Scottish Highlands, providing space for wildlife to flourish and communities to thrive. “It is our passionate belief that rewilding can help us achieve this vision,” says chief executive, Steve Micklewright. “It enriches the landscapes, wildlife and people who call these places home. Rewilding is about working with nature, natural processes and seeing human activity as part of an intricate system in which everything is connected.” www.treesforlife.org.uk
Source: Gordon & MacPhail