Gordon & MacPhail bottles whiskies from closed distilleries

Independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail has unveiled its new Summer Collection, which includes some of the oldest whisky releases from silent distilleries St Magdalene and Dallas Dhu.

The range comprises Gordon & MacPhail 1969 from Dallas Dhu Distillery, Gordon & MacPhail 1982 from St Magdalene Distillery, and Gordon & MacPhail 1966 from Longmorn Distillery. The expressions were bottled as part of the producer’s Private Collection range. With an RRP of £6,950 (US$8,556), Gordon & MacPhail 1969 from Dallas Dhu Distillery was filled into a refill Sherry hogshead, cask number 1656, on 10 June 1969. The Speyside distillery closed in 1983. It was designed by architect Charles Doig, who also designed the Gordon & MacPhail retail shop in Elgin. Only 176 bottles of the 38-year-old single malt will be available globally. Gordon & MacPhail 1982 from St Magdalene Distillery is thought to be one of the oldest bottled single malts from the Lowlands distillery. St Magdalene was initially known as Linlithgow Distillery until its merger with Bonnytoun Farm Distillery in 1826. Laid down the year before to distillery closed, the Gordon & MacPhail 1982 from St Magdalene Distillery was matured in cask number 2092, a refill American hogshead. Only 161 bottles are available to purchase from select whisky retailers internationally for an RRP of £1,000 (US$1,231). In addition, the Gordon & MacPhail 1966 from Longmorn Distillery is a 53-year-old single malt whisky matured in cask number 610, a first-fill Sherry butt. It is limited to 398 bottles globally, with an RRP of £6,950 (US$8,556). Each expression is bottled in a bespoke crystal decanter and presented in a wooden case. Stephen Rankin, director of prestige at Gordon & MacPhail, said: “Our Private Collection whiskies embody the expertise, skill and patience that has been passed down over four generations of my family. “My grandfather, George Urquhart, recognised an opportunity to match new make spirit with carefully selected casks at a time when the vast majority of production went into blends. Over the decades he was able to master this art which has become his legacy. “He could never be persuaded to bottle a whisky before he believed it had reached its ultimate peak in terms of quality – a tradition we’re proud to continue today.”