Year Aged: 1952
Year Bottled: 2012
On the 6th February 1952, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
acceded to the throne of the United Kingdom of Great
Britain and Northern Ireland and became Head of the
Four days earlier on the 2nd February 1952, on the
instruction of George Urquhart, two First Fill Sherry
Hogsheads – cask numbers 465 and 466 – were filled at Glen
Grant and left to quietly mature at the distillery.
Cask 465 was transferred to the Bonded Warehouses of
Gordon & MacPhail on 26th March 1968. On the 2nd
February 2012, exactly sixty years after the whisky was
distilled, the instruction was given to carefully empty
cask number 465 and bottle the precious contents at cask
In honour and celebration of Her Majesty’s Diamond
Jubilee, the Directors at Gordon & MacPhail have
released just 85 decanters of Glen Grant 60 Years Old.
After maturing slowly for sixty years the result is a
beautifully balanced Single Malt with poise and great
complexity. The introduction to the whisky is one of fresh
fruit and spices – aromas of Cox’s Pippins and Granny
Smith apples, laced with cinnamon and root ginger. In the
background linger subtle hints of lavender and rose petals,
all wrapped in a sweet, toffee parcel.
A sip of the whisky reveals the age and depth of character.
Initially there are hints of cedar wood and freshly cut grass.
However, these are quickly replaced by rich, burnt fruit
notes with a drying, spicy edge and a dusting of white
pepper. A smokiness twists its way through the flavour
leaving a slightly bitter, treacle toffee finish.