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Family business unveils world's oldest whisky

Family-owned whisky specialist Gordon & MacPhail has today unveiled the world's oldest bottled single malt whisky.

Released under the Generations brand, Mortlach 70 Years Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky was casked on 15 October 1938 on the order of John Urquhart, the grandfather of current joint managing directors David and Michael Urquhart.

Exactly 70 years later, the decision was made to empty the cask and bottle the contents. Special guests were today invited to the launch at Edinburgh Castle, Scotland, where one bottle of Mortlach was escorted into the Queen Anne Room by guards from The Highlanders (4th Battalion).

"This is a very special day for us, one we've literally been anticipating for generations," said David and Michael Urquhart. "Our family has been in the whisky business for a long time, with each generation building and handing on a lifetime's expertise to the next."

The cask yielded 54 full-size and 162 small decanters – the recommended retail price of which is £10,000 and £2,500 respectively in the UK.

Gordon & MacPhail is an independent, family-owned spirit and wine merchant that has been based in Elgin, Moray, since 1895. Members of the third and fourth generations of the Urquhart family now own and manage the business.

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