When master distiller Dennis Malcolm carefully hand-filled a cask in the Glen Grant Speyside distillery back in 1963, it became a waiting game before the golden liquid could be unleashed. On November 25 2013, 50 years after it had been hidden away, the Glen Grant 50 Year Old was finally released – and now, finally, the whisky is available to buy for the first time.
With only 150 bottles available (£3,500 for 20cl), the spirit comes in a hand-blown decanter made by Glencairn Crystal, the last remaining family-owned crystal-glass company in Scotland. Engraved by hand, the decanter mimics the design of the pot stills at the distillery and comes with 18ct gold lettering. Its box is moulded from Scottish oak and lined with copper, and each bottle comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by Malcolm. A winter warmer, it has a comforting palate of orange and baked apples, and a bouquet of caramel, apricots and dried fruit.
“At the age of 17 I had the honour and the privilege of hand-filling a singular cask,” says Malcolm. “I patiently watched over it for 50 years until it reached its peak. Now a rare and exceptional single malt, this bottling tells the story of my time at the distillery, the innovations that have happened over the years and the skill of our team.”