In the illustrious world of rare and vintage whiskies, The Glen Grant has once again demonstrated its prowess, setting a new milestone with The Visionary 68-Year-Old. The one-of-a-kind single malt Scotch whisky, aged to perfection, recently commanded an astonishing £212,500 ($256,636 USD) at The Distillers One of One Auction. This impressive sum not only doubled the original high estimate but also secured a world record price for a whisky from The Glen Grant in its remarkable 180-year history.
Hot on the heels of a landmark partnership auction with Sotheby’s, where the Devotion 70-Year-Old fetched £81,250 ($101,300 USD), The Glen Grant continues to captivate connoisseurs and collectors alike. The recent success underscores the distillery’s meticulous maturation process and the inherent collectability of its offerings, establishing The Glen Grant as a force to be reckoned with in the world of luxury spirits.
Crafted with unparalleled care, The Visionary, aged for an astounding 68 years, was drawn from a single oloroso sherry cask. This rarity not only showcases the exceptional quality of Glen Grant whiskies at a venerable age but also emphasizes the distillery’s commitment to producing unparalleled expressions.
Inspired by the legacy of James ‘The Major’ Grant, the visionary behind the distillery, The Visionary is presented in an innovative 1.6L hand-blown battuto-cut magnum decanter. Adorned with a precious stone Malachite stopper, the decanter pays homage to ‘The Major’s’ travels and passion for conservation and nature. Housed in a period-inspired presentation case, the design echoes the opulence of Victorian times and the vessels that once transported exotic plant and flower discoveries to the distillery’s glasshouses.
Matured in a single sherry cask (number 835) and filled in 1955, this extraordinary whisky encapsulates the hues of Autumn gold, reminiscent of leaves within the Gardens of Splendours. The aroma, a symphony of soft ripe orchard fruits and buttery toffee notes with a delicate touch of smoke, beckons enthusiasts to savor the complexity within. On the palate, a harmonious blend of fruity vanilla and sweet sherry unfolds, leading to a rich and robust finish. Defined by sweet dried fruits, a touch of spice, and soft smokiness, The Visionary offers a sensory journey unlike any other.
Beyond the realms of luxury spirits, the significance of this auction reaches far and wide. The proceeds from the sale will generously contribute to The Distillers’ Charity, a noble cause transforming the life chances of young people in Scotland. By fostering knowledge, confidence, resilience, and skills, the charity empowers the youth, setting them on a trajectory for a fulfilling and prosperous life.
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