The Scotch whisky, with a price tag of £13,000 a bottle, has been described by critics as “stupendous” and is one of just two 70 year old single malt whiskies ever released.
Distilled at the Glenlivet distillery on the 4th February 1940 during the height of the Battle of Britain, the spirit was filled into a American White Oak Sherry cask, where it has lain for the last seventy years.
During the ageing process, whisky actually evaporates out of the cask, a phenomenon known in the industry as “the angel’s share”. Because of this, there was only enough liquid for 100 full-sized decanter bottles thereby further adding to its rarity.
The 700ml decanters are on sale from Master of Malt with a price tag of £13,000, and there are also smaller, 20cl sized bottles with a price of £3,200 each available Here. The whisky was bottled in 2011 by the renowned Scotch whisky brand Gordon and MacPhail and it is the second part of their “Generations” series, the first of which was the world’s oldest whisky, a 70 year old single malt from the Mortlach distillery.
The bottles are presented in hand-blown crystal decanters, with British hallmarked sterling silver stoppers and silver bases. The wooden boxes are handmade out of Scottish Elm.
Famed critic Charlie MacLean describes the whisky: “Although it resonates with aged character – and, indeed, characteristics from another era – it retains vitality, both on the nose and in the mouth.”
About Glenlivet 70 Year Old 1940
- Distilled in Speyside, Scotland on the 4th February 1940.
- Aged in a First Fill American White Oak Sherry Butt.
- Bottled with at a strength of 45.9% abv.
- 100 x 70cl decanters released, 175 x 20cl decanters released.