On 3rd February 1940 in a quiet corner in the north of Scotland, George Urquhart and his father, John, had the extraordinary foresight and vision to lay down spirit from Glenlivet Distillery in a bespoke Gordon & MacPhail cask to be enjoyed by future generations.
On 5th February 2020, leaning on the unique skill and experience acquired by over more than 125 years, the decision was taken to finally bottle the cask’s precious out-turn of 250 decanters.
Artistry in Oak
The stunning concept and presentation of the Generations 80YO was created by internationally acclaimed architect and designer, Sir David Adjaye OBE.
This is the story of how the Artistry in Oak theme was taken from drawing board to reality. The decanter and glassware have been produced by Glencairn Crystal Studio experts in ultra-premium decanters, another family business based in Scotland. The pavilion oak case was made from fully sustainable materials by the craftspeople at Wardour Workshops another family firm based in Dorset, South West England.
Creating Future Legacies
As part of the project launch, colleagues at Gordon & MacPhail have been actively involved in personally planting trees – including oaks - at Glen Affric as part of our partnership with charity partner, Trees for Life. With a mission to rewild The Caledonian Forest, Trees for Life will receive proceeds, minus costs, from the Sotheby’s auction of Generations decanter #1 in Hong Kong on 2nd October 2021.
“It’s fitting that this release will provide a relevant, valuable and long-lasting legacy with direct benefits for all,” comments Ewen Mackintosh, Managing Director at Gordon & MacPhail.
More details of the Sotheby’s auction can be found here
Distilled 3 February 1940
Bottled 5 February 2020
Years Old 80
Cask No 340
Cask Type First fill Sherry butt
Colour Darkest Mahogany
From whisky writer, Charlie MacLean MBE:-
Appearance: Deep umber with magenta lights; old polished rosewood.
Aroma: A complex, mellow nose-feel, still vivacious after all these years. Top notes of almond oil, scented hand-soap, backed by sandalwood and gorse flowers on a warm day. A whiff of peat-smoke in the empty glass.
Palate: An oily texture, and lightly sweet to start (dates, salted plums, figs), drying elegantly (traces of dry Oloroso Sherry), towards a lengthy menthol finish. Drop of water increases spiciness.
Summary: Vibrant and wholly satisfying. One of the finest malts I have ever encountered.