- Glen Grant Single Malt Scotch Whiskey reveals 70-year-old Devotion, a sculptural masterpiece and the distillery's oldest release
Sotheby's will auction the first of seven total decanters, each one of a kind, from September 11 to 22.
ROTHES, Scotland, Sept. 12, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Glen Grant Single Malt Scotch Whiskey, located in the heart of Speyside, is pleased to announce the distillery's oldest release in its 180 years. Glen Grant Devotion is an exquisite 70-year-old single malt whiskey, presented as a handcrafted sculptural masterpiece, many years in the making. Inspired by the remarkable reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, this release is a tribute to seventy years of determined service and lifelong devotion to nature. These commitments, shared by Forefather James 'The Major' Grant and Master Distiller Dennis Malcolm OBE, lie at the very core of The Glen Grant. The first of just seven decanters will be auctioned exclusively by Sotheby's in an online sale opening this week.
Sourced from a single Oloroso sherry-seasoned French oak cask filled in 1953 at The Glen Grant distillery, Devotion was hand-selected for its lifelong character achieved through exquisite maturation. The striking deep brown tones are combined with a definitive floral aroma of intense barley sugar and ripe peach, giving way to the sweetness of honey. The palate is captivated by rich dried fruits, raisins, sultana and dried spices with a touch of oak. Showcasing the excellence and unparalleled aging potential of The Glen Grant whiskies, the whiskey has a high concentration of 55.5% abv.
Glen Grant Devotion, 70, was brought to life by the combined talents of Master Distiller Dennis Malcolm OBE and the distillery team, award-winning craftsman John Galvin and hot glass master Brodie Nairn of GLASSTORM. With only seven beautiful handcrafted decanters created, and each one of them one of a kind, The Glen Grant's Devotion is as rare as it is extraordinary.
The seven unique decanters are presented as a fascinating gem-shaped object of art, with seven facets celebrating each decade of exquisite maturation and the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Each features a silver-plated capsule, adorned with its own individually meaningful floral engraving as a celebration of her inspiring life. The jewel-shaped decanter is perfectly balanced within a striking wooden sculpture handcrafted from a fallen elm tree discovered in the distillery's gardens and features an intricate design woven from shapes inspired by nature. The engraving on the sculpture's silver diameter pays homage to Her Majesty's favorite flower, the lily of the valley, and features the proud thistle of Scotland.
To support the preservation of Scotland's native forest, Sotheby's will auction off the number one decanter in an online sale from 11 to 22 September 2023, with 100% of the proceeds donated to the Royal Scottish Forestry Society. of which Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was Patron. This pledge will boost the work of the Royal Scottish Forestry Society and The Major's legacy in creating his beloved 27-acre Garden of Splendors, with a new planting site in Speyside. The exclusive Number One decanter is especially unique as an auction piece, as it features Queen Elizabeth's Rose, named in honor of Her Majesty, and is the only one of seven engraved in gold and accompanied by a pair of hand-made glasses. hand that reflect the seven facets. in the jar.
Commenting on this release, Master Distiller Dennis Malcolm said: "In the true spirit of The Glen Grant, we brought together the inspiring legacy of our history with the personal devotion of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to bring this exquisite masterpiece to life. Be devoted, is showing unwavering loyalty and love to something you care deeply about, which lies at the heart of our whiskey making philosophy, as well as shining through with our creative collaborators. This is a lifetime of character and legacy captured in a magnificent creation "like nothing we've ever seen."
Jonny Fowle, global director of spirits at Sotheby's said: "This whiskey embodies so much of what is important in whiskey collecting: quality, rarity, age and, above all, provenance as the oldest whiskey ever released direct from the Glen Grant distillery's own distillery. This whiskey displays an incredibly deep dark color after seven decades of maturation in oak, which contrasts beautifully with John Galvin's opulent light wood structure, making it the perfect centerpiece for whiskey collections. most impressive in the world".
Following the auction of decanter number one, the remaining six decanters will be available for sale in select global markets in the United States and Asia, with prices available upon request, beginning in October 2023.
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ABOUT THE GLEN GRANT
Brothers James and John Grant built The Glen Grant in 1840, the first distillery in the Speyside town of Rothes. They left a legacy of ingenuity by designing the first railway in the north and introducing electric lighting both in the distillery and throughout the city. In 1872, heir James 'The Major' Grant, a charismatic innovator and adventurous traveler, inherited the business. Through his intrepid travels to destinations around the world, he made inspiring discoveries that led to the creation of his beloved 27-acre Garden of Splendors, the only distillery garden of its kind in Scotland. Inspired by his splendid garden, he envisioned a distinctive single malt, designing tall, slender stills combined with unique water-cooling purifiers to create the evocative flavor profile that defines Glen Grant Single Malt Scotch Whiskey to this day.
Now, it is iconic Master Distiller Dennis Malcolm OBE, Scotland's oldest distiller, who pays tribute to the passionate spirit of The Glen Grant. His life's work, along with the team at Glen Grant, is to combine tradition and innovation to preserve the rare character of the whiskies, which are made from barley and bottled entirely at the distillery, ultimately ensuring instance the highest quality.
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