Wednesday, August 15, 2018


The Glasgow based, McTear’s Auctioneers, has announced that it is expecting a bottle of 70 Year Old Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky, to fetch between £30k and £40k at auction on Friday.

The Private Collection Glenlivet 1943, was distilled at the height of the Second World War, at a time when only a handful of distilleries in Scotland were producing whisky. It was matured for 70 years, firstly at the Glenlivet distillery and then at Gordon & MacPhail’s warehouses in Elgin.

The Private Collection Glenlivet 1943

On 14th January 1943 a sherry cask made of European Oak was filled with spirit by Gordon and MacPhail’s senior partner, John Urquhart.vIn 2013, following a careful 70-year maturation process, Stephen Rankin, a current director and great grandson to John Urquhart, started the long-awaited task of releasing the spirit from Cask 121 into 42 specially created hand-blown decanters.

Commenting on the auction, Graeme Maxwell, Whisky Expert at McTear’s, said: “We have seen some exceptional bottles come through the doors at McTear’s over the years and there is no doubt this sits as one of the most magnificent whiskies we have had the privilege to auction. The Private Collection Glenlivet 1943 is revered amongst whisky connoisseurs and we expect the bottle to attract considerable interest in the lead in to our Rare & Collectable Whisky Auction on Friday 17th August.”

The Private Collection Glenlivet 1943, is not the only memorable whisky to feature in McTear’s latest Rare & Collectable Whisky Auction. The 235 lot sale will feature rare examples of Macallan, Springbank, Dalmore, Bowmore and Highland Park.

Posted by Steve Rush