Yet another old whisky for the collectors in Calgary

80 Year Old Glenlivet

Gordon & Macphail Special


George Urquhart and his father, John had the idea to lay down some Glenlivet Distillery in a bespoke Gordon & Macphail cask 82 years ago on the 3rd February 1940 for future generations to enjoy.

On 5th February 2020, the decision was made to bottle the cask into 250 precious decanters.

The Decanter

The Generations 80 Year Old's concept and presentation was created by internationally acclaimed architect and designer, Sir David Adjaye OBE.

The glassware and decanter were produced by the experts from the Glencairn Crystal Studio.

The pavilion oak case was made from fully sustainable materials by the craftspeople at Wardour Workshops.

Sustainability efforts

According to the Gordon & Macphail's official site, as part of the project launch, they have been actively involved in personally planting trees including oaks at Glen Affric as part of their partnership with charity partner, Trees for Life.

“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.

Tasting Notes

These tasting notes were taken 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.
  • ABV: 44.9%


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