Historical Gordon & MacPhail Single Malt Whisky Makes Its Debut At Bonhams Auction
Gordon & MacPhail is bringing whisky collectors a taste of the bygone era with its 72-year-old Glen Grant 1948 Single Malt Whisky—one of the oldest and most prestigious whisky casks in existence today. The bottle embodies Gordon & McPhail's core values of delivering the highest quality products with only 290 exclusive units available worldwide. The bottle—recently heralded by whisky critic, Charles MacLean—will be making its debut at the Bonhams auction in Hong Kong on January 29.
It's expected that the new release will break the previous record set by Gordon & MacPhail's 70-year-old Glenlivet sale for £43,000 in the UK. The Gordon & MacPhail 72-year-old has an estimate of HK$300,000–$380,000. But whiskies of this age notably reach a value of more than HK$1,000,000 and this bottle will age well as a priceless item in any collection.
"There's been numerous new records set for whisky sold at Bonhams in 2020. We anticipate collectors' desire and determination to acquire the market's best whiskies to continue into 2021," says Daniel Lam, wine and whisky specialist at Bonhams. "With the Gordon & MacPhail 72-year-old's stunning decanter design on the front cover our whisky catalogue, we expect some new records to be set for scotch whisky at our upcoming auction. The desirable bottle number 88 will surely become a legacy piece at the event."
The Gordon & MacPhail 72-year-old whisky is considered luxurious and exceptional across all standards and allows collectors to experience the taste of 1948. The whisky will also the first of its kind to be presented in a bespoke Dartington Crystal decanter, which was made using glass-blowing techniques from one of the few crystal brands still producing in the UK.
The design itself was commissioned to a renowned designer, the high aged Karuizawa Single Malt bottlings from Japan. The "Rings of Life" design represents the cask's age similar to a tree's annual growth rings. It's packaged in an American black walnut presentation box and housed in a remarkable flight caste style trunk.
"The Gordon & MacPhail 72-year-old is the oldest ever whisky released from the legendary Glen Grant distillery that could go down in history as the greatest cask of all time," says John Rhodes, co-founder of The Hong Kong Whisky Festival and Hong Kong specialist retailer. If the presentation isn't enough to impress, the rewarding malt whisky also features a deep amber hue from the Oloroso sherry aged in an American oak ex-sherry cask complete with a mellow yet lively aroma.
To make a bid for the exclusive Gordon & MacPhail 72-year-old number 88 bottle, please register at the Bonhams whisky auction site.