In May last year, Speyside Scotch manufacturer Glenfarclas showed the re-discovery of the oldest recognized bottle of its whiskey in existence after it became observed wrapped in a tea towel at the back of a laundry cupboard.
The 98-yr-old bottle of whiskey, from 1920, becomes first given to the manager of the North Lanarkshire Gartloch Distillery, Stephen Dowell, upon its closure in 1920. It was saved through Dowell until 1947, when he passed it onto his daughter. On coming across the bottle wrapped in a tea towel in the back of a laundry cabinet 31 years later, in 1988, she passed it onto Hugh Taylor – her niece’s husband.
The antique bottle had remained in Taylor’s possession ever since until the family contacted Glenfarclas approximately the last yr bottle.
The bottle of ‘Glenfarclas-Glenlivet Pure Malt Whisky’ became delivered again to the Speyside distillery in April, where it was inspected through John Grant, the grandson of the distillery’s founder and chairman of the board, who confirmed the notion that it’s miles the oldest unopened bottle of Glenfarclas in lifestyles.
“Some capabilities on the bottle supposed he had no question about its authenticity,” a launch said. “In an age when some of the bottles purportedly from that point are becoming counterfeit, this one is the real deal.”