The Glen Grant Distillery is celebrating the storied six-decades long career of The Glen Grant’s own Dennis Malcolm, known as one of Scotland’s longest serving distillers, by releasing an exclusive, limited-edition 60-year-old single malt scotch whisky valued at $38,950 RRP.
Available in Australia from 31st October, the limited edition offering is bottled from a single ex-Oloroso sherry oak cask (#5040) that was filled on 24th October 1960 – the oldest, to date, distillery bottling in the brand’s 181-year history, with just three decanters of the liquid available in Australia, and one in New Zealand.
An extremely rare and precious liquid, The Dennis Malcolm 60th Anniversary Edition is a luxurious spirit, displaying an elegance that can only be achieved with time, and dedication. Harnessing The Glen Grant’s long, rich history and expertise of Dennis Malcolm, this expression marks an exciting new chapter for The Glen Grant, showcasing on the world’s stage the incredible six-decade career of the Master Distiller.
The limited edition offering is bottled from a single ex-Oloroso sherry oak cask (#5040) that was filled on 24th October 1960 – the oldest, to date, distillery bottling in the brand’s 181-year history, with just three decanters of the liquid available in Australia, and one in New Zealand.
Each marked with a bespoke number, every one of the decanters have been made from hand-blown crystal glass, designed by world-renowned Glencairn Crystal Studio based on the design of the distillery’s unique tall slender pot stills. Nestled in an elegant presentation case crafted from sustainable walnut, each required over 15 hours of expert craftsmanship, encompassing intricate details which symbolise the unique aromas of The Glen Grant. Each presentation case has the Master Distiller’s signature engraved in it and includes a Certificate of Authenticity, signed personally by Dennis Malcolm.
The Glen Grant Dennis Malcolm 60th Anniversary Edition Aged 60 Years is bottled at 52.8% ABV and is non-chill filtered to retain optimal flavour and aroma. With a deep chestnut colour, the aroma starts with notes of vibrant Seville orange that give way to an unravelling of rich fruits and nuts; apricot, peaches, raisins, pecan nuts, and a hint of cigar smoke. Rich and fruity in taste with a beautiful balance of dark chocolate layered with treacle toffee, the taste has elements of a liquid fruit cake, finished with long, lingering flavours of figs, dates, liquorice, and a slight hint of smoke.
Born at The Glen Grant distillery in 1946, few in the worldwide spirits industry share the whisky-industry lineage of Dennis Malcolm. Following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather before him, he got his start at age 15 as apprentice cooper and later, as a manager, supervising the growing company’s nine distilleries. In his current role as Master Distiller, Dennis has been an integral part of the brand and part of its history, maintaining the malt’s distinctive character, all the while innovating and growing the range of award-winning expressions, including the newly introduced Arboralis and core expressions aged 10, 15, and 18 Years.
Reflecting on his diamond anniversary, Malcolm remarks, “It’s never been a job to me, it’s been a way of life. I don’t like my actual birthday – that makes me a year older. But I like my milestones with The Glen Grant because it’s a year longer that I’m here. I can keep doing what I was destined to do.”
Malcolm’s careful craftsmanship and attention to detail in crafting The Glen Grant’s single malt scotch whiskies has received worldwide acclaim, including recognition for his service by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2016, when he was named as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. Dennis was inducted into the Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame in 2014, and in 2015 he received the first-ever Spirit of Speyside award for his achievements in the industry. Dennis also went on to receive the Whisky Advocate Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 and was honoured with the International Wine and Spirits Competition’s Outstanding Achievement in the Scotch Whisky Industry Award the same year.
“The launch of Dennis Malcolm 60th Anniversary Edition is an exciting time for The Glen Grant, as we celebrate and pay tribute to the career of a globally recognised Scotch Whisky craftsman and a true Scottish gentleman,” said Paolo Marinoni, Marketing Director – Campari Australia & New Zealand. “Dennis has not only created some of the most-awarded single malts in the world, but also serves as a champion and legend for the industry. This refined, remarkable liquid is a luxurious homage to a life spent doing what he loves most.”
For more information on this limited edition bottling reach out to your Campari Australia representative.