It was February, 1940. Because the darkish clouds of warfare gathered on the Scottish horizon Mr. George Urquot and his father, John, poured whisky from the Glenlivet distillery into an American oak barrel that their firm, the posh grocers Gordon & MacPhail, had simply shipped in from Spain. George, the “Grandfather of Single Malt,” who many credit score with predicting the segue from blends into single-estate whiskies, was making ready to affix the Seaforth Islanders within the warfare effort.
Because the world ready to descend into international battle, all items—together with the uncooked supplies to make whisky—had been being rationed, that means Scotland’s most well-known export was already changing into scarce. In actual fact, all whisky manufacturing stopped till 1945, which implies the actual fact this barrel survived the roaring, post-war industrial demand is an extra miracle.
For 120 years and 4 generations of household possession, Gordon & MacPhail have been crafting among the many best single malts on the planet, proudly owning barrels from over 100 distilleries, many lengthy gone. That makes Generations 2021 not solely the world’s oldest single malt Scotch ever launched, but in addition the one pre-WWII whisky ever offered in assortment.
So what’s the expertise of consuming from a $120,000 bottle of scotch? It’s honest to name it a contemplative, almost non secular expertise. It develops over time; drink your dram with persistence, not solely to increase the occasion but in addition to permit the darkish amber juice to evolve within the conventional Glencairn glass. Breathe it in, deeply and infrequently, and over the subsequent hour you’ll discover the whisky metamorphosing, superbly remodeling and rising within the glass. Preliminary notes of marzipan and candy Christmas desserts give strategy to orange peel and the faintest whiffs of leather-based and tobacco.
“It’s like studying a guide that you simply love, that you simply wish to preserve turning the subsequent web page, as a result of the subsequent scent, the subsequent time you place your nostril to the glass, you’re getting one other world of flavors,” says Stephen Rankin, Director of Status, over a Zoom name from his dwelling in Elgin, Scotland. “Identical to studying your favourite guide: You wish to get to the subsequent chapter. What’s going to occur subsequent?”