2nd September, 2020 by Nicola Carruthers
Independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail will release four single malts to mark its 125th anniversary this year, including a 47-year-old whisky from Coleburn Distillery.
The Gordon & MacPhail 1972 from Coleburn Distillery in Speyside will be the first of the commemorative whiskies to be released. Coleburn Distillery, situated just four miles from the company’s Elgin home, was founded in 1897 and produced whisky until it closed in 1985.
There are 363 bottles of the “sweet, intense and complex” 47-year-old whisky available, priced at RSP £1,500 (US$2,000).
The liquid was fully matured in cask 3511, a refill Sherry puncheon, and bottled at cask strength (62.4% ABV). The resulting liquid is said to have a sweet aroma with butterscotch notes.
The palate offers apricots flavours, cooked apples and mint giving way to a medium finish with autumnal fruit and a slight herbal finish.
Stephen Rankin, a fourth-generation member of the Urquhart family behind Gordon & MacPhail and the company’s director of prestige, said: “The whiskies we have chosen to commemorate our 125th anniversary are all truly unique and seldom seen in the market.
“They are bottled from the last remaining casks we have from these distilleries, and marks an emotional moment for my family as they leave the Gordon & MacPhail warehouse after being left to mature by my grandfather many decades ago.
“These single malts represent not only the skills and expertise in whisky maturation built and passed down through generations, but also the passion we have in advocating the discovery of rare whiskies from some of Scotland’s lesser known, but much sought after, distilleries.”
All four whiskies will come from casks from a closed distillery or made on Lomond stills that are no longer in production. The casks are held in Gordon & MacPhail’s Elgin warehouse.
The remaining single malts will be released during 2020.