In October 1938, Gordon & McPhail's set a cask aside for maturing. At that time, they were aging their whisky for longer than most, and concentrating on single malts despite the fashion for blends. That cask was to take their aging policy to its limit.
One by one its fellow casks were tapped and bottled. But it's only now, over 70 years on, that the cask of Mortlach has been allowed out of its Spanish oak, ex-bodega sherry hogshead at the company's Elgin warehouse.
Unveiled in March as the oldest whisky ever bottled, and immediately one of the most rare, the 54 bottles represent an opportunity for investment if any whisky does.
Following an aroma both waxy and fruity, the taste is described as "...sweetish start becoming moderately dry, but not overly-tannic [including] dried fig and tobacco notes, and an intriguing light smokiness [with] a long finish."
The directors David and Michael Urquhart are extremely proud of the result, describing it as "a whisky without equal which epitomises our family values, built on generations of expertise in single malts."
Each 70cl bottle is priced at £10,000, with a few 20cl bottles available for £2,500 apiece.