An exceptionally rare single malt whisky has been released to honour the man described as the ‘father of single malt’, George Urquhart.
Only 355 bottles of the Gordon & MacPhail Mr George Legacy 1953 are being made available from Glen Grant Distillery, a Speyside distillery in Rothe, the first edition of a single-cask release planned for each year, according to Forbes.
The 67-year-old whisky was distilled on Christmas Eve 1953, laid down on instruction of George Urquhart, also known as ‘Mr George’ by those who knew him best.
Urquhart was a member of the second generation of the family that owns Gordon & MacPhail, and this release marks the culmination of the company’s 125th-anniversary celebrations.
Keen to champion Scotland’s single malts when the vast majority of the stock was used for blending purposes, Urquhart travelled far and wide from the 1950s, introducing a variety of whiskies to countries around Europe.
Stephen Rankin, grandson of Urquhart, and Gordon & MacPhail’s Director of prestige said: “My grandfather possessed a passion for taking single malts beyond these shores.
“Over many decades, he built and nurtured close relationships with some of Scotland’s leading distilleries and proudly took as much as he could carry on his international trips. I have fond memories of joining him, meeting new people, and telling stories about the casks he had chosen to bring out the best in the different types of spirit.”
He added that the legacy series will be providing some exceptional whiskies in a fitting tribute to his grandfather’s life’s work
The whisky has spent its whole life in cask no. 4209. The first edition of the Legacy Series, which will cost £5000, was bottled on Tuesday, January 5, at cask strength of 59.4 per cent ABV.
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