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GORDON  &  MACPHAIL,  Elgin

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Established in 1895 the family owned and managed firm of Gordon & Macphail                                                                                                                                 

us custodian of some of the world's finest
and rarest Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.
But working with the majority of Scotland's distilleries, our unrivalled stock have been                                                                                           

 built up over many generations.
Casks owned by Gordon & Macphail are                                                                                                                          

   sent to distilleries throughout Scotland and filled with "new make" spirit, before                                                                                           

  being left to mature at the distillery
or in our bonded ware- houses in Elgin,
in north east Scotland.
Each expression in our Cask Strenght                                                                                                                                                 

  range in unique. A small selection of casks is carefully chosen and the contents
bottled - always at natural strength and colour, with no chill filtering.

Gordon & MacPhail unveils world’s most exclusive whisky


02 September, 2015

Gordon & MacPhail has unveiled, what it claims might be the world’s most exclusive single malt scotch whisky, a 75-year-old whisky from Mortlach with a RRP of £20,000.


According to the still family-owned company, on November 17, 1939, John Urquhart, the first generation of the family to be involved in Gordon & MacPhail, instructed the first-fill sherry cask to be filled with new-make spirit from Speyside’s Mortlach distillery (now owned by Diageo).

Only 100 decanters, bottled at cask strength (44.4% abv), have been released. Twelve have been allocated to the UK. The RRP for Generations Mortlach 75 Year Old by Gordon & MacPhail is £20,000 (prices may differ in international markets due to local taxes and duty).

Generations Mortlach 75 Years Old by Gordon & MacPhail is bottled in a teardrop-shaped Generations decanter. Each decanter is numbered and handcrafted with 75 ‘cuts’. Each cut represents a year of the whisky’s maturation. The decanter sits on a white presentation plinth with two especially designed crystal glasses.

The decanter comes in a luxury Aniline leather travel bag and is accompanied by an especially commissioned book, ‘Seven Nights with Mortlach’. Well known whisky writer, Charles Maclean and international author, Alexander McCall Smith joined forces to tell tales of Scotland, whisky and the people behind this malt whisky, accompanied by illustrations from up-and-coming Scottish artists.

It was unveiled at a special ceremony at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in London this week (September 2).

The unveiling was attended by the ‘great and the good’ of the scotch whisky industry and its fourth estate in the presence of third and fourth generation members of the Urquhart family, together with MacLean and McCall Smith.

Gordon & MacPhail exports to more than 50 countries. It offers more than 300 expressions of own-bottled single malts. In 2009 and again in 2013, Gordon & MacPhail was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade, reflecting its growth in exports over a 10 year period.

Charles MacLean tasting note:

“Mid-amber, with rubious lights. Fresh and clean; very slight nose prickle: still lively. A highly perfumed, floral top note – lily of the valley, barber’s shop, scented hand cream, soft leather lady’s dress handbag – with a fruity complex in the middle (dried figs, pomegranate, ripe pear. Peach juice); creamy vanilla (Crème Anglaise), even vanilla fudge, and a faint trace of coffee in the background.

“Water reduces the floral notes with scented oil (bath oil? Teak oil?), increases the soft leather note and dries out the aroma somewhat (warm sanded hardwood).

“Sweet to start, but not as sweet as expected; considerable fresh acidity and slightly mouth drying. Bitter almonds.A most unusual trace of hemp ropes and very faded creosote, lending a slight smokiness.A medium- length finish, leaving an attractive aftertaste of sandalwood.

“Lightly sweet; slightly oily texture; mouth drying; then slightly bitter finish. Some spice across the tongue. Warming, even at this lower strength.

“A most unusual taste – never before encountered. Smooth and highly sophisticated – elegant as a grande dame – the Ingrid Bergman of malts.”


SPEYMALT WHISKY

Gordon & MacPhail is the trading name of Speymalt Whisky Distributors, an independent blender and bottler which owns Benromach distillery through a subsidiary, as well as the dormant bottler, Gordon Bonding Company.

James Gordon and John Alexander established Gordon & MacPhail as a grocery and wine merchant in Elgin in 1895.

John Urquhart joined the business in its first year, and became a senior partner in 1915, developing its whisky broking and bottling. As time progressed, younger generations of the Urquhart family joined the firm and today several of John Urquhart’s great grandchildren hold positions within the company.

Speymalt Whisky Distributors was incorporated in 1962, and became the owner the Benromach distillery in 1993.

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BLENDED SCOTCH WHISKY
Glen Avon
HIGHLAND SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
Glen Calder
BLENDED SCOTCH WHISKY
Glen Gordon
HIGHLAND SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
Glen Urquhart
BLENDED SCOTCH WHISKY
Highland Fusilier
BLENDED MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
Immortal Memory
BLENDED SCOTCH WHISKY
James Gordon
BLENDED SCOTCH WHISKY
MacPhail's
MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
Pride of Islay
ISLAY SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
Pride of Orkney
ISLAND SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
Pride of Strathspey
SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
Pride of the Lowlands
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Spey Cast
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ASSOCIATED COMPANIES

Gordon & MacPhail
Gordon Bonding Company
The Benromach Distillery Co
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