It’s $10,000 a bottle if you’re lucky enough to put your hands on one of the 54 bottles of Gordon & MacPhail’s recently released Mortlach 70-year-old whisky, the oldest bottled single malt whisky in the world, the company says. These are the standard 700ml bottles, so if this is out of your price range, don’t lose heart: the company just corked 162 smaller bottles, 200ml, which go for £2,500 each.
The whisky has aged since 15 October 1938 in an ex-bodega sherry hogshead cask made from Spanish oak. The cask was emptied and the whisky put in elegant tear-drop shaped bottles and closed with premium cork from Corticeira Amorim in Portugal. No skimping for this product, start to finish. It is sold in a beautiful wooden case.
“We believe Mortlach 70 years old is a malt without comparison,” say David and Michael Urquhart, the joint managing directors of Gordon & MacPhail.
Here is what the family says about itself and its fine whiskies: “Gordon & MacPhail is an independent, family-owned spirit and wine merchant who have been based in Elgin, Moray, since 1895. Four generations of the Urquhart family have continued the tradition of seeking out the best and rarest Scotch whiskies. Since its foundation, Gordon & MacPhail’s policy has been to send casks to distilleries throughout Scotland, fill them with ‘new make’ spirit and mature them either at the distillery of origin or in the firm’s own bonded warehouses in Elgin.”
The Whisky Exchange sells it online; you might want to read their tasting notes first (it does sound quite good).