We’ve heard it said that climate, not age, is what makes a noteworthy spirit. But we’ll be damned if we suddenly start believing age has nothing to do with it. Especially considering that the folks at Gordon & MacPhail have just unveiled their oldest Glen Grant Distillery offering ever, a 1948 single malt scotch from their Private Collection.
Just so we’re clear, this single malt is a whopping 70 years old, meaning there are some folks reading this who have grandparents younger than the whisky inside. It’s said to have a fruit-forward nose — boasting notes of vanilla fudge, strawberry, raspberry, and apricot — with a smoky finish mated to subtle flavors with undertones of orange zest and cardamom. And the smoothness is only bolstered by the fact that this spirit was finished in Sherry casks. Of course, if you want to find out what all the fuss is for yourself, you’ll need deep pockets, as this specialty release is selling for $22,545 a bottle.