Gordon & MacPhail hat im September 2021 das Fass 340, aus der Glenlivet Distillery, mit 250 Dekanter heraus gebracht. Der Whisky wurde unter der Aufsicht von George Urquhart und seinem Vater John, 03.02.1940 in sein Fass gefüllt und 2020 mit 44,9% Vol. abgefüllt.
Sie können ab jetzt diese Abfüllung bei uns erwerben. Im Oktober wird dann Sotheby’s-Hong-Kong den Dekanter Nummer eins versteigern, der Erlös geht an die Wohltätigkeitsorganisation Trees for Life, die sich für den Caledonian Forest einsetzt.
Ewen Mackintosh, Managing Director bei Gordon & MacPhail, sagte: „Die Reifung eines Single Malt Scotch über acht Jahrzehnte ist eine Kunst, die in vielerlei Hinsicht der Architektur ähnelt, bei der man etwas schafft, das die Zeit überdauern muss. Beides kann nicht überstürzt werden. „Sowohl Sir David als auch Gordon & MacPhail teilen die Verpflichtung, in die Zukunft zu investieren. Wir sehen beide, wie wichtig es ist, etwas Außergewöhnliches zu schaffen, ein Vermächtnis für künftige Generationen.“
Quelle: Gordon & MacPhail
Glenlivet 80 Year Old 1940/2020
(44.9%, Gordon & MacPhail 'Generations cask #340, 1st fill sherry butt, 250 bottles)
Colour: amber. Nose highly scented and polished, clearly hailing from the same family of American oak transport sherry casks that G&M were ubiquitously filling during this era. This highly aromatic mix of dried tropical fruits and coconut that can be found in many of their pre-war single malt bottlings from the 1980s and 1990s is on full display here.
However, there's also more in the way of scented exotic hardwoods and their resins. Aged dried citrus peels, pu-ehr tea, dried flowers, tobaccos. It is very evidently an 'old' single malt on the nose, but blind you might have said anything from 40 to 60 years old. So arguably it feels younger than it is. It evolves more towards extremely classical aromas of wormwood, honey and soft waxes. I also find shoe leather, honeysuckle and old mead. These herbal and resinous aspects also hint at some peat influence that has probably long broken down into these beautiful wee sub-aromas. Indeed, a totally enchanting nose that you could (and should) spend time with. Despite what I wrote in the intro, so far I would say this whisky is stylistically rather distinct from the Cognac.
Mouth quite a wonderful arrival that once again firmly reminds us of many other old G&M bottlings, which in itself is probably a paean to their cask policy during these decades. The wood is present of course, big, spicy, clean and yet still restrained enough to leave plenty breathing space for other characteristics. Myriad dried exotic fruit flavours, suggestions of some very old Fins Bois cognac, aniseed, dried figs, pollens, deeply complex earthiness, soft peppery tones, petrichor and medicinal herbal flavours. After quite some time the sweetness on the palate becomes extremely impressive, very honeyed, resinous and exotic. That you would still have freshness and a sense of assertiveness from the fruit after 80 years is rather mind blowing.
Finish good length, delicately on tobaccos, dried leaves, flowers, herbs, pollens and gently bitter exotic teas. A tad fragile but still beautiful. Comments: As I mentioned above, it's extremely hard to assess such ancient whiskies, not only while retaining a sense of neutrality, but also this nagging feeling that they do not conform to normal assessment parameters. What I would say is that this one retains excellent levels of freshness, complexity and balance, while also displaying good length and power. It's just that the fact it would do so after 80 years is just totally astounding and genuinely thrilling; please never forget I am at heart, and 100% remain, a total whisky geek! On a technical level I think this is a stunning whisky, if not into the absolute stratosphere, but what is most impressive is what it tells us about the ageing potential of great single malts if done correctly. SGP: 652 - 93 points.