140 years old Glenlivet Maturation

You wait a while for one 70 year old whisky to come along, and two come at once.

Aged for 70 years, the Private Collection Glenlivet 1943 is one of the rarest Scotch whiskies ever to be bottled.


The unique spirit, was distilled at the height of the Second World War in 1943, at a time when only a handful of distilleries in Scotland were producing whisky.  For the next 70 years, the whisky was carefully matured, first at the Glenlivet distillery and then at Gordon & MacPhail’s warehouses in Elgin.

On 14 January 1943 a sherry cask made of European Oak was filled with spirit by Gordon and MacPhail’s senior partner, John Urquhart. In 2013, following a careful 70-year maturation process, Stephen Rankin, a current director and great-grandson to John Urquhart, started the long-awaited task of releasing the spirit from Cask 121 into 42 specially created hand blown decanters.


Its sister whisky, the Glenlivet 1940 Gordon & MacPhail Generations also features in the Rare & Fine Whisky auction on 18 December, which is not quite as rare, with 100 bottles produced, is just as stunning. It is the first of the Generations series celebrating the Urquhart's long and success stewardship of Gordon & MacPhail.

The question is, would you drink these sensational spirits if they were yours?


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Graeme Maxwell


McTear’s sells more whisky than any other traditional auction house in the dedicated whisky auctions that take place monthly, run concurrently live online on a platform that attracts six million visitors annually from over 120 countries worldwide.

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