Limited Glen Grant 1965 bottling available at Portland Wine

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From time to time we are able to offer something really special at Portland Wine. We have a limited amount of a very rare bottling by Gordon & MacPhail of a 1965 Glen Grant Scotch Whisky.

Located in the north-east of Scotland in the heart of the world famous whisky producing region of Speyside, Gordon & MacPhail is an independent family owned and managed firm which has been bottling Single Malt Whiskies for over 118 years. From its humble beginnings as a retailer, Gordon and MacPhail has grown to become a diverse and dynamic company with a number of different business interests. Today the company is a retailer, wholesaler, exporter, bottler of Single Malt Scotch Whisky and distiller, owning Benromach Distillery in Forres. Gordon & MacPhail is owned and directed by the third and fourth generation of the Urquhart family and employs over 130 people from it's base in Elgin.

The Glen Grant Distillery was the first of five to be built in the town of Rothes. It was built by John & James Grant, two brothers who had previously been involved in smuggling and illicit distilling. The distillery was established in 1840, the brothers decided to take out a license and do things legally. With the sea and port of Garmouth nearby, the River Spey at its feet and barley-growing plains nearby, all the basic ingredients of malt whisky were close at hand.

The Glen Grant stills are a unique shape with an almost square section between the pot and the neck. This, together with purifiers on the lyne arms, contributes, to Glen Grant's light, gentle character. Glen Grant is one of the world's biggest-selling Malt Whiskies, with Italy being a significant market.

Tasting notes

Aroma without water. Delicate Sherry influences with sweet vanilla and stewed fruits. A subtle smokiness with a hint of oak develops.

Taste without water. Black pepper initially on the palate with pear and orange flavours. Complimented by a creamy milk chocolate edge.

Aroma with water. Delicate floral aromas with stewed apple and a touch of menthol. Hints of marzipan and oak develop.

Taste with water. Mulled wine flavours, cinnamon and nutmeg. Creamy milk chocolate with citrus fruit flavours, orange and lime.

As Single Malt Scotch Whisky becomes rarer it becomes more collectable, this can greatly affect the value. The 1965 bottling is special and desirable, this is reflected in its price tag, being a handsome sum of £360. The Glen Grant 1965 would be suitable for a connoisseur to treasure or someone passionate about Single Malt looking to invest in a Whisky that will undoubtedly increase in rarity and value.