September 9th 2022
The First Drop sells out within weeks of launch
We are pleased to announce that the first drops of whisky distilled at Girvan grain whisky distillery have sold in entirety to collectors and enthusiasts within weeks of launch.
Following strong interest from collectors around the world, we are pleased to share news that The First Drop, a rare 1964 Single Grain Scotch Whisky from our inaugural collection has sold out within weeks of launch.
A true piece of history, The First Drop is particularly unique thanks to its origins as the very “first drops” of liquid to fall from the still at the historic Girvan Grain distillery.
Originally conceived by Charles Gordon himself, the Girvan grain whisky distillery was built throughout the early 1960’s and, on the 8th of January 1964, the first distillations of new make spirit were filled to cask. Held in American oak for almost 60 years, The First Drop comprised of just 71 bottles – making this release the perfect addition for collectors and enthusiasts around the world.
It should perhaps come as no surprise that The First Drop has generated such interest. All the same, we have been thrilled by the strong response from collectors. The First Drop marks a significant moment in the history of Scotch whisky production – a snapshot in time that cannot be repeated. Like each of our eight inaugural releases, it is unique, remarkable and utterly irreplaceable – we are all delighted to see these bottles in the hands of collectors who we know will treasure them.’
More than just a collectors item however, The First Drop brought with it a character that is unmatched. Rich and bold, with the lightest hint of smoke, beeswax and ripe fruit on the nose – this highly aromatic yet classically sweet grain is a delight on the palate.
The quick sale of the stock has already drawn comment from a number of industry observers. Remarking on the renewed interest in grain whisky, Scotch whisky expert, Tom Bruce-Gardyne said: “If you have the patience to wait, single grain whisky matured over the decades in the best possible wood, can be truly stunning - a spirit to seduce even the most committed of single malts fans with its elegance, complexity and sheer depth of flavour.”
The First Drop is one of eight bottles that make up the House of Hazelwood’s inaugural collection which is split across The Charles Gordon Collection and The Legacy Collection. The four releases in the Charles Gordon Collection are all at least 50 years old starting from £3,000, while the Legacy Collection ranges between 33 and 46 years and are priced between £950 and £1,500. Shop the rest of our inaugural collections here.