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New 70-year-old malt unveiled

A 70-year-old whisky costing more £13,000 has been released by distillers Gordon & MacPhail.

The Glenlivet 1940 70-year-old is one of the oldest whiskies bottled in the world, the company says.

The single malt is part of Gordon & MacPhail’s Generations series, which also includes five single cask bottlings of Glenlivet from 1954, 1963, 1974, 1980 and 1991.

The Glenlivet 70-year-old – 100 decanters of 70cl and 175 decanters of 20cl – are on the market for £13,000 and £3,200 respectively.

The whisky was launched earlier this month in Edinburgh Castle, the decanter carried into the Queen Anne Room by Fiona Urquhart (pictured), the fourth generation of the family which owns and runs Gordon & MacPhail.

David Urquhart, joint managing director, said, ‘This Glenlivet cask was laid down in 1940 by my grandfather, and there are casks of whisky which I am laying down today which I will not see bottled in my lifetime. So we are very much looking after the whisky for future generations.’

Written by Colin Hampden-White

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