Dennis Malcolm remember the day October 28th 1963, like it was yesterday. This was the day 50 years ago as a young man Malcolm hand-filled a special cask with finest gold liquid of Glen Grant. On November 25th 2013, it reached its apex after patiently maturing for fifty seasons, it has come out a robust, full-bodied and perfectly balanced single malt of distinction. That young man, Dennis Malcolm given the responsibility to care for the cask is now the master distiller at Glen Grant.
Said Dennis Malcolm of the Glen Grant 50 year old “Only time measures our pursuit of perfection. Maturation cannot be rushed. Like people, casks mature at their own pace. I have protected and cared for this barrel for 50 years, letting it breathe and patiently waiting for the magic and interaction of whisky and wood.”
Current owners of the storied Scottish distillery Gruppo Campari is releasing the exceptionally rare 50 year old single malt as a tribute to Glen Grant. Released as a special edition exclusive collector’s item, only 150 bottles will be released worldwide. The gold liquid come in a special hand-blown crystal glass decanter made by craftsman at Glencairn Crystal, the last family-owned crystal glass company in Scotland.
Housed in a copper-lined Scottish oak box, each decanter is hand engraved, hand numbered and finished with the number 50 in 18-carat gold lettering. The decanter is an exact copy of the Glen Grant’s tall, slender pot stills created by Glen Grant’s legendary innovator, James ‘The Major’ Grant.
Launched today in Hong Kong, it will be released in other Asia travel retail markets Singapore, Seoul, Shanghai, Beijing and Taipei soon. International launch is set for June 2014 in other duty free and domestic markets. Retail price is set at €10,000 (around $13,700.)