GORDON & MACPHAIL
For more than 125 years, Gordon & MacPhail has been driven by a simple mission: to create single malt Scotch whisky of exceptional quality.
Through four generations of family ownership, the company has matched spirit from over 100 Scottish distilleries to its own bespoke casks.
It is this unique depth and breadth of experience that enables Gordon & MacPhail to combine oak, spirit and time to create iconic whiskies found nowhere else in the world.
THE WORLD’S OLDEST SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
On 3rd February 1940 in a quiet corner in the north of Scotland, George Urquhart and his father, John, had the extraordinary foresight and vision to lay down spirit from the Glenlivet Distillery in a bespoke Gordon & MacPhail cask to be enjoyed by future generations.
Referred to by renowned whisky writer, Charlie MacLean as the ‘Father of Single Malt’, George Urquhart passionately believes that each whisky should be left to mature until the cask and spirit had combined to create the desired quality, and it was ready to be shared. The time for Cask 340 was to be 80- years – longer than any other Scotch whisky in history.
On 5th February 2020, leaning on the unique skill and experience acquired over more than 125 years, the decision was taken to finally bottle the cask’s precious out-turn. To celebrate John and George Urquhart’s vision, Gordon & MacPhail collaborated with internationally acclaimed architect and designer, Sir David Adjaye OBE, to create a unique decanter and oak case to house the world’s most precious whisky to date.
Glenlivet 80 Years Old Single Malt, 44.9% ABV
Distilled 3 February 1940, bottled 5 February 2020
Cask No #340, First fill Sherry butt
Appearance: Deep umber with magenta lights; old polished rosewood.
Aroma: A complex, mellow nose-feel, still vivacious after all these years. Top notes of almond oil, scented hand-soap, backed by sandalwood and gorse flowers on a warm day. A whiff of peat-smoke in the empty glass.
Palate: An oily texture, and lightly sweet to start (dates, salted plums, figs), drying elegantly (traces of dry Oloroso Sherry), towards a lengthy menthol finish. Drop of water increases spiciness.
Summary: Vibrant and wholly satisfying. One of the finest malts I have ever encountered.
MR. GEORGE LEGACY
Honouring Mr George Urquhart, a member of the second generation of the company’s owning family and the man who helped bring single malt whisky to the world, the Gordon & MacPhail Mr George Legacy 1957 from Glen Grant Distillery is the second expression to be released as part of the whisky creator’s annual Legacy series.
As the second whisky in the Legacy series, the Mr George Legacy 1957 from Glen Grant Distillery celebrates the expertise and patience required to match cask to spirit for long-term maturation.
It was laid down 64 years ago while ‘Mr George’, as he was known to those who knew him best, was at the helm of the business. Only 298 bottles of this single cask whisky are available, highlighting the scarcity of this rarely seen vintage from Speyside’s Glen Grant Distillery.
Mr George Legacy Series, 1957 from Glen Grant Distillery, 56.1% ABV
Distilled 10 October 1957, bottled 9 November 2021
Cask No #3483, First fill Sherry Butt
Aroma: Rich fruitcake aromas intertwine with festive spices; cinnamon and ginger. Notes of orange marmalade is accompanied by dark treacle and a hint of beeswax polish.
Palate: Morello cherries are followed by subtle dried tobacco and garden mint. Ripe red apple undertones combine with citrus peel and soft aniseed.
Summary: A spicy full-bodied finish with lasting flavours of forest fruits and charred oak.
RRP: SGD 12,000
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