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Glen Grant 50YO released globally

Glen Grant, a Speyside Scotch whisky producer in the Gruppo Campari portfolio, is releasing globally an exceptionally rare single malt, the Glen Grant 50 Year Old.

The cask was filled on October 28, 1963 by a young man, Dennis Malcolm, who at the time was unaware that 50 years later on November 25, 2013, when the single malt inside had reached its zenith, he would be presenting it to the world as Glen Grant's master distiller.

Dennis Malcolm comments: “Only time measures our pursuit of perfection. Maturation cannot be rushed. Like people, casks mature at their own pace. I have protected and cared for this barrel for 50 years, letting it breathe and patiently waiting for the magic and interaction of whisky and wood.”
Only 150 bottles will be released globally.

Each piece is unique and handcrafted in every sense – presented in a hand-blown crystal glass decanter, created and individually refined by the skilled craftsmen at Glencairn Crystal, the last family-owned crystal glass company in Scotland. Each decanter is hand engraved, hand numbered and finished with the number 50 in 18-carat gold lettering. The design of the decanter is an exact replica of Glen Grant’s tall, slender pot stills – a creation of Glen Grant’s legendary innovator, James ‘The Major’ Grant.

It is housed in a copper-lined Scottish oak box – made from new oak, worked by a skillful cabinetmaker with a practiced carpenter’s hand and an astute eye for detail.

Each bottle comes with a certificate of authenticity, signed by Dennis Malcolm and every craftsman involved.

The Glen Grant 50 Year Old was launched in Asia’s travel retail market earlier this year, and is currently available in Hong Kong, Singapore, Seoul, Shanghai, Beijing and Taipei. It will be available in the UK from October 27, 2014, from The Whisky Exchange, RRP 20cl £3,500 / 70cl £8,850

27 October 2014 - Felicity Murray The Drinks Report, editor