Mortlach 75 Years Old, believed to be the world’s most exclusive single malt Scotch whisky at a unique event at the Royal Opera House in London on 2 September.
Members of the third and fourth generation of the Urquhart family poured the single malt for the guests before Charles MacLean, whisky connoisseur, invited everyone to join them in tasting the whisky, describing it as “Smooth and highly sophisticated – elegant as a grande dame…the Ingrid Bergman of malts!
The exclusive decanters were specially handmade by Glencairn Crystal, East Kilbride, Scotland. Each is hand-finished, producing a unique shaped decanter with 75 cuts from top to bottom – very challenging, as was sealing such a shaped decanter with a cork because of the very limited and slightly varying neck profile.
The decoration is also done by hand and matched with hand crafted solid silver stoppers and coasters. The tumblers are made in the same factory in the same luxury material, 30% lead crystal in a precise miniaturised shape of the decanter with unique hand cutting that is then polished and then engraved with the G&M logo. Of course these products were also produced to perform at the highest standards of a drinks container, which is the most challenging of tests for such niche crystal decanters.