A 1948 vintage Strathisla from independent bottlers Gordon & Macphail, who are specialists in older whiskies. The distillery was actually called Milton when this was distilled, the name Strathisla not being adopted until 1951. We estimate this was bottled in the 1980s.
An ancient dram aged for nigh on sixty years. Thankfully, Glen Grant is one of those special Speysiders (like Glenfarclas and Macallan) that is capable of withstanding immense oak ageing. An excellent malt.
A very unusual Macallan, with almost no sherry characteristics - it is instead very clean, fruity and surprisingly youthful for such an aged malt. In a brilliant stroke of marketing each of the 366 bottles released bore a different date of the year, so no two bottles are identical.
Bottled around 2001, cask 609 of this 1948 vintage Macallan reached the grand old age of 53 years old before being deemed to be in the perfect condition for bottling as part of the distillery's Fine & Rare series.