70yo Glenlivet 1943 goes up for sale

Scotch whisky records could tumble again this week when a bottle of 70 year-old Private Collection Glenlivet 1943 goes up for sale in Glasgow.

Tomorrow (Friday 17 August) the rare collectors’ item will be sold at McTear’s auction in Glasgow with a pre-sale estimate of £30,000-£40,000.

The whisky is from Sherry cask 121 that was filled with spirit on 14 January 1943 by Gordon and MacPhail’s senior partner, John Urquhart. It then matured for 70years before being bottled by Stephen Rankin, Urquhart’s great grandson and current director of Gordon & MacPhail, in 2013.

Just 42 decanters were filled in the limited bottling.

McTear’s whisky expert, Graeme Maxwell, commented: “The creation of this stunning single malt has been a true family affair, with generations of the Urquhart family ensuring that the finished product takes its rightful place as one of the finest single malt whiskies on the planet.

“We have seen some exceptional bottles come through the doors at McTear’s over the years and there is no doubt this sits as one of the most magnificent whiskies we have had the privilege to auction.

“The Private Collection Glenlivet 1943 is revered amongst whisky connoisseurs and we expect the bottle to attract considerable interest in the lead in to our Rare & Collectable Whisky Auction on Friday 17 August.”

It is very possible the whisky will far exceed its high estimate given the recent run of results for rare spirits at auction.

On 6 August a 1967 bottling of Laphroaig from Silvano Samaroli sold for £61,000, smashing not only its high estimate but all known records for that particular whisky as well, while a 1966 Bowmore made £50,000 last month.

One Response to “70yo Glenlivet 1943 goes up for sale”

  1. Pam Johnston says:

    I have a unopened bottle of Angus Scotch Whiskey with the white angus bull still on it it was purchased in December 1948, so it is 70yrs old would it be worth anything at auction.
    Cheers.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please note that comments are subject to our posting guidelines in accordance with the Defamation Act 2013. Posts containing swear words, discrimination, offensive language and libellous or defamatory comments will not be approved.

We encourage debate in the comments section and always welcome feedback, but if you spot something you don't think is right, we ask that you leave an accurate email address so we can get back to you if we need to.

Subscribe to our newsletters

The Global Syrah Masters 2019

Deadline : 31st August 2019

The Global Sparkling Masters 2019

Deadline : 1st September 2019

Click to view more

The Global Organic Masters 2019

View Results

Cabernet Sauvignon Masters 2019

View Results

Click to view more