Le Clos and Gordon & MacPhail team up to showcase 74-year-old Glenlivet

By Kristiane Sherry |

Gordon MacPhail 1949 release Le Clos

Le Clos has global travel retail exclusivity for Gordon & MacPhail’s 1949 Glenlivet bottling

Dubai-based travel retailer Le Clos has partnered with Gordon & MacPhail to launch a rare Glenlivet single malt that was laid down at the Speyside distillery on New Year’s Day in 1949.

The single malt is among the oldest to be released by the independent bottler, and was matured for over 74 years,

Exceptionally rare, the release is the last ever 1949 cask from Glenlivet. 

Just 192 bottles will be released, and Le Clos has worldwide travel retail exclusivity for 30 bottles at Dubai International Airport. 

Remarkably, the expression has retained a cask strength of 49.3% ABV.  It is described as complex, and “full of vibrancy and character”.

Given tasting notes span sweet, stewed fruit, fragrant cinnamon, aged leather, clementine, and beeswax polish on the nose. 

The palate offers spices, fruitcake and cracked pepper, with garden mint, dark treacle, and charred oak. 

“Dubai Airports is delighted to see Le Clos continue to be world-leading by sourcing and offering innovative and exclusive products that truly elevate our guest experience,” said Alison Macdonald, Vice President – Commercial Concession Management at Dubai Airports.

“We are pleased Le Clos at Dubai International Airport will showcase this early and exclusive launch.  

“Providing access for our guests to these rare and exceptional products continues to be the strength of Le Clos and highlights our joint commitment to create exceptional guest experiences in premium travel retail.” 

The Gordon & MacPhail 74-year-old Glenlivet release is priced at AED162,000 or £35,000.

Last month, Dubai International Airport shared data which showed 2023 first half passenger traffic exceeded 2019 levels for the first time.

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