On the 6th February 1952, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth Britain and Northern Ireland and became Head of the Commonwealth.
Four days earlier on the 2nd February 1952, on the instruction of George Urquhart, two First Fill Sherry Hogsheads cask numbers 465 and 466 were filled at Glen Grant and left to quietly mature at the distillery.
Cask 465 was transferred to the Bonded Warehouses of Gordon & MacPhail on 26th March 1968. On the 2nd February 2012, exactly sixty years after the whisky was distilled, the instruction was given to carefully empty cask number 465 and bottle the precious contents at cask strength 42.3%.
In honour and celebration of Her Majestys Diamond Jubilee, the Directors at Gordon & MacPhail have released just 85 decanters of Glen Grant 60 Years Old.
After maturing slowly for sixty years the result is a beautifully balanced Single Malt with poise and great complexity. The introduction to the whisky is one of fresh fruit and spices aromas of Coxs Pippins and Granny Smith apples, laced with cinnamon and root ginger. In the background linger subtle hints of lavender and rose petals, all wrapped in a sweet, toffee parcel.
A sip of the whisky reveals the age and depth of character. Initially there are hints of cedar wood and freshly cut
grass. However, these are quickly replaced by rich, burnt fruit notes with a drying, spicy edge and a dusting of white pepper. A smokiness twists its way through the flavour leaving a slightly bitter, treacle toffee finish.
Distilled on 2nd February 1952.
Bottled on 2nd February 2012, making the Single Malt exactly 60 years old.
Cask number 465 - a Refill Sherry Hogshead.
Bottled at cask strength of 42.3%.
Only 85 decanters have been released for sale worldwide. Each decanter is uniquely numbered.
A certificate accompanying the presentation is created using the timeless skills of letterpress and engraving.
The certificate details the product story, tasting note, cask number, distillation and bottling dates. Each certificate has been individually numbered and personally signed by Gordon & MacPhails Joint Managing Director, Michael Urquhart.
Presented in a crystal decanter with a diamond shaped stopper; expertly engraved - the script in-filled with silver.
A Swarovski crystal adorns the decanter at the meeting points of the crowns two arches.
A Sterling silver collar sits around the neck of the decanter and a Sterling silver stopper seals the precious contents in transit.
Presented in a hand-crafted box made of Scottish Elm, felled a short distance from Holyrood House, the Queens official residence.
The decanter nestles in luxurious, purple Harris Tweed, which lines the hand-crafted box.
A Harris Tweed jacket protects the box and the precious contents.