Quite possibly the oldest and rarest scotch whisky we’ve ever encountered, this batch of Glenlivet 1943 was distilled at the Scottish distillery during the height of the Second World War – January 14, 1943. Many years later, in 2013, this historic batch was then bottled by Stephen Rankin, the great-grandson of the man who first distilled the batch – John Urquhart – making this scotch a 70-year, multi-generational work of art.
Initially called Cask 121, the batch split its lifespan between the Glenlivet distillery in a first fill Sherry hogshead cask for 24 years before getting transferred to Gordon & MacPhail’s warehouse for yet another 46 years. Tasting notes on the dram consist of a warm and approachable blend of coffee, milk chocolate, and burnt orange; a palate that delivers a viscous texture complete with bitter chocolate, wood spices, char, orange and rich Sherry notes; and a finish that’s long and lingering with coffee notes, burnt caramel, stewed fruit, and a nutty bitterness. Only 42 bottles are slated to be released.