Glenlivet 1943 Gets Bottling

Famed bottlers Gordon & MacPhail have put together a unique new offering featuring a Glenlivet single malt Whisky distilled on 14 January 1943. Priced at $40,000 the Speyside offering has been matured in a first-fill Sherry cask for 70 years and there are just 40 decanters available.

The date of distillation holds special significance for this Whisky. On the same day that Private Collection Glenlivet 1943 was made, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill met President Franklin D. Roosevelt, General Charles de Gaulle, and General Dwight D. Eisenhower in Casablanca to reach an agreement for strategies moving forward in the war in Europe. Generally, this is considered to be a key turning point in the war and perhaps one of the vital occurrences that led to the Allied victory just over two years later.


By the end of the1940s, available casks of the edition became extremely limited. The Glenlivet was briefly out of production during the Second World War (the only time in the brand’s history), and so production of the 1943 edition was halted earlier than expected. Private Collection Glenlivet 1943 is said to have notes of dark chocolate, orange, wood, molasses, aniseed, a ‘subtle, ashy smokiness’. The length of the Whisky’s finish has also been lauded by experts across the globe.

Stephen Rankin, company director and John Urquhart’s great-grandson, said: “This beautiful Whisky has been nurtured and cared for by four generations of our family and it gives us enormous pleasure to release this unique and incredibly rare single malt.”


“Gordon & MacPhail has been in the Whisky business for over 122 years, with each generation building and handing on a lifetime’s expertise to the next. We believe Private Collection Glenlivet 1943 by Gordon & MacPhail is a malt without comparison from a defining date in the history of a world in conflict. Today, Whisky is a wonderfully unifying drink and this rare example gives people from across the world the chance to own and savors a defining piece of Scotland’s liquid history,” he added.

The Whisky is stored in a hand-made decanter decked out with gold engravings of the beautiful surrounding countryside at the famed distillery. Each is numbered with a certificate of authenticity signed by Rankin himself.

The whole package is housed within a handcrafted wooden box and comes in unison with a special edition book written by legendary Whisky writer Jonny McCormick.


“Gordon & MacPhail is a singular Whisky company emphasized by their incomparable capacity to draw on stocks from the 1940s,” said McCormick.

“This is an unparalleled opportunity to acquire an exquisite Whisky that embodies the concept of rarity. The remarkable complexity and vivid flavors that have developed over a lifetime in wood ensure this single malt Scotch Whisky will make a handsome addition to the world’s finest Whisky collections,” he added.

Bottled at cask strength of 49.1% ABV, a limited number of the decanters are available for purchase directly from Gordon & MacPhail’s South Street Retail Shop and come with along with a unique tasting experience.

The cost of the exclusive bottling may be altered in international markets due to the variations in local taxes and duty.

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Written by James Connolly

James Connolly is an established freelance writer from the UK. Having worked for a variety of titles across the globe, his work touches upon travel, food, politics, and more, reflecting a deep-seated curiosity towards people, places, and their respective cultures.

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