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Gordon & MacPhail

Gordon & MacPhail

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Website: http://www.gordonandmacphail.com/

On 24th May 1895, the Elgin Courant reported the opening “in New, Centrical, and Commodious Premises, No’s 38 and 40 South Street… a Family Grocers, Tea, Wine & Spirit Merchants”.

The founders of the firm were James Gordon and John Alexander MacPhail, and from the outset (as the newspaper reported) the stock was “personally selected”, with a view to providing “a superior article at a popular price” and giving “the utmost satisfaction”.

Among the new shop’s first employees was John Urquhart, a lad of fifteen who was to serve his apprenticeship under the partners. He was an able learner, and before long was helping James Gordon to select and buy casks of malt whisky from local distilleries, and assisting with the creation of house blends for the firm’s customers around the north of Scotland. When J.A. MacPhail retired in March 1915, Urquhart became a partner in the business, and when James Gordon died suddenly only two weeks later, he became senior partner.

In parallel with the grocery side of the enterprise, John Urquhart developed the whisky broking business begun by James Gordon, and in particular began to specialise in single malt whiskies – bottling under license for famous distilleries such as Macallan, Glenlivet, Glen Grant, Linkwood and Mortlach. As part of this business he began to select and fill his own casks – almost always Spanish oak, ex-sherry casks – at these and other distilleries, and to mature his whiskies for much longer than was customary at the time.

John Urquhart was joined by his son, George, and daughter, Betty, in 1933, and by another son, Gordon, in 1950. By this time the family firm held the largest range of bottled malt whiskies in the world. Most makes were unavailable elsewhere, since very few distillery owners bottled their own malts as singles – indeed, it is no overstatement to say that Gordon & MacPhail single-handedly kept the amber lamp of aged malt whisky burning during the post-war decades!

In the mid-1960s George Urquhart took the unprecedented step of launching a range of single malts from different distilleries under the brand name ‘Connoisseur’s Choice’, and offered the range for sale in the rapidly expanding Italian, French, American and Dutch markets. This move laid the foundations for the significant interest in malt whisky in these countries that remains to this day.

Just as his father had introduced him to the firm, so George brought in his own children. The oldest, Ian, joined in 1967, after having been trained in the wine and spirit trade in London and France. He was followed by David in 1972 and Michael in 1981. The former had studied business in Aberdeen; Michael is a Chartered Accountant. George’s daughter, Rosemary joined in 1981.

The family partnership became a limited company in the late 1970s, but ownership and management remained with the family, as it does to this day. George Urquhart died in 2001, five years before his grandsons Stephen Rankin and Neil Urquhart were appointed Associate Directors. They became Directors in September 2010.

Today sees other members of the fourth generation join the firm as Richard Urquhart and twin brother Stuart continue the family tradition and support the company as it moves into a fast-paced, technology driven 21st century.

Gordon & MacPhail Whisky Reviews

  • Allt-á-Bhainne 16 Years Old 1996 – Connoisseurs Choice ~ 46% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Allt-á-Bhainne 16 Years Old 1996 – Connoisseurs Choice Speyside single malt scotch whisky 46% ABV, £51.64 for 70cl Score: 84/100 What they say: With a light body thanks to a refill sherry hogshead maturation, this is a delicious 1996 vintage from Speyside’s Allt-á-Bhainne distillery. It was bottled for Gordon and MacPhail’s stellar Connoisseurs Choice range. […]
  • ardmore-1996-bottled-2013-gordon-and-macphail-whisky Ardmore 1996 – Distillery Labels ~ 43% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Review: Ardmore 1996 – Distillery Labels Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky Origin: Ardmore Distillery Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail – Distillery Labels ABV: 43% Cost: £61.84 from Master of Malt Score: 85/100 What they say: COLOUR Dark Gold. Body Medium. Finish Long, smooth with hint of smoke. Cask Type Refill Sherry Hogsheads. Style Robust Highland Single […]
  • balblair-1993-cask-strength-gm Balblair 21 Years Old 1993 Cask Strength ~ 53.4% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Review: Balblair 21 Years Old 1993 Cask Strength Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky Origin: Balblair Distillery Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail; Cask Strength; Cask 1962 ABV: 53.4% Cost: [sold out] What they say: Distilled 28/06/1993 at Balbair distillery and matured for a full 21 years in a 1st fill Sherry Puncheon (Cask #1962) before bottling on 10/11/2014 […]
  • Benromach 10 Years Old 100° Proof ~ 50% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Benromach 10 Years Old 100° Proof Single malt scotch whisky 50% ABV, £45 for 70cl Score: 85/100 What they say: Tasting Notes Pour yourself a dram of this beautiful golden amber single malt whisky and take a few small inhalations to start to enjoy the aroma without water. It has an intense Sherry nose with […]
  • Benromach 10 Years Old 2003 Origins Batch 4 Port Pipes ~ 50% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Benromach 10 Years Old 2003 Origins Batch 4 Port Pipes Speyside single malt scotch whisky 50% ABV Score: 85/100 What they say: Batch 4 of Benromach’s Origins range, bottled in 2013, is matured entirely in first fill Port pipes and peated to a level of 8ppm. The idea behind the range is to highlight how […]
  • Benromach 10 Benromach 10 Years Old ~ 40% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Benromach 10 Years Old ~ 40% (Gordon & MacPhail) 40% ABV, £33.95 from Royal Mile Whiskies Score: 84/100 What they say: Pour yourself a dram of Benromach – not too wee and not too big. Swirl the golden liquid around your glass and notice the aroma without water. In other words, take a sniff. Indeed, […]
  • Benromach 12 Years Old 2000 Port Wood Finish ~ 45% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Benromach 12 Years Old 2000 Port Wood Finish Speyside single malt scotch whisky 45% ABV Score: 83/100 What they say: Distilled in 2000, this Benromach from Gordon and MacPhail was finished in port pipes from the Douro Valley for the final 8 years of its maturation. Nose: Rich, sweet, spicy nose with peaches in syrup […]
  • Benromach-15-year-old Benromach 15 Years Old ~ 43% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Benromach 15 Years Old Speyside single malt scotch whisky 43% ABV, £49.95 for 70cl Score: 88/100 What they say: A notable new addition to the Benromach stable of classic Speyside single malt whiskies has gone on sale. Benromach 15 Years Old has a distinctive golden amber colour thanks to long maturation in sherry and bourbon […]
  • Benromach 21 Years Old Tokaji Wood Finish ~ 45% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Benromach 21 Years Old Tokaji Wood Finish Speyside single malt scotch whisky 45% ABV Score: 84/100 What they say: Finished in ex-Tokaji (a Hungarian sweet wine) casks for six months, a well-aged version from this fine distillery. Bottled at 45% Undiluted Nose: Sweet bruised apples, fermented fruits – ripe bananas and fig rolls. Palate: Sweet, […]
  • benromach-35-year-old-whisky Benromach 35 Years Old ~ 43% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Review: Benromach 35 Years Old Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Benromach Distillery Bottling: Official – Gordon & Macphail ABV: 43% Cost: £419.95 from Master of Malt What they say: Handcrafted using the finest natural ingredients at the Forres distillery, Benromach 35 Years Old is an exceptional whisky with real heritage and an original […]
  • benromach-1973-cask-4606-uk-exclusive Benromach 42 Year Old 1973 Heritage Single Cask ~ 48.9% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Whisky Review: Benromach 42 Year Old 1973 Heritage Single Cask Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Benromach Distillery Bottling: Gordon & Macphail ABV: 48.9% Cost: £1395 What they say: UK EXCLUSIVE SINGLE CASK BENROMACH HERITAGE 1973 LAUNCHED The Benromach Distillery Company Ltd has added an incredibly rare single cask malt whisky to its range […]
  • Benromach 5 Years Old 2006 Sassicaia Wood Finish ~ 45% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Benromach 5 Years Old 2006 Sassicaia Wood Finish Speyside single malt scotch whisky 45% ABV Score: 83/100 What they say: Benromach Sassicaia wood finish 1st edition Matured for over 5 years, this spent 27 months maturing in Sassicaia Casks prior to bottling in August 2006. Limited to 3,000 bottles Official Tasting Notes Nose: A subtle […]
  • Benromach 6 Years Old 2008 Monastrell Wood Finish ~ 45% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Benromach 6 Years Old 2008 Monastrell Wood Finish Speyside single malt scotch whisky 45% ABV Score: 84/100 What they say: Distilled at Benromach distillery in 2002 and aged for 5 years before finishing for 12 months in an ex-Monastrell wine cask before bottling in November 2008. Limited edition of 920 bottles. Colour: Golden Amber. UNDILUTED […]
  • BenromachPSmoke53ppm-1 Benromach 7 Years Old 2000 Peat Smoke Batch #1 ~ 46% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Benromach 7 Years Old 2000 Peat Smoke Batch #1 Speyside single malt scotch whisky 46% ABV, ~£30-40 for 70cl when available Score: 88/100 What they say: Distilled in 2000 at the Benromach distillery from peated barley and matured in 1st fill ex-bourbon casks for 7 years before bottling at 46% ABV. At Benromach small batches […]
  • Benromach Hermitage Wood Finish Benromach 9 Years Old 2001 Hermitage Wood Finish ~ 45% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Benromach 9 Years Old 2001 Hermitage Wood Finish (Official Bottling) 45% ABV, £33.99 from Hopetoun Farm Shop Score: 90/100 What they say: Our distillery – Speyside’s smallest – is located on the outskirts of the ancient market town of Forres, in north-east Scotland.  Just two experienced distillers passionately hand-craft Benromach using the finest Scottish barley […]
  • Benromach 9 Years Old 2005 Peat Smoke ~ 46% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Benromach 9 Years Old 2005 Peat Smoke Speyside single malt scotch whisky 46% ABV, £36.50 available from Royal Mile Whiskies Score: 85/100 What they say: Pour yourself a dram of this seriously smoky single malt whisky… we only produce very small batches of this unique Benromach Speyside whisky, so you’re one of the few people […]
  • bunnahabhain-8-year-old-the-macphails-collection-gordon-and-macphail-whisky Bunnahabhain 8 Year Old – The MacPhail’s Collection (Gordon & MacPhail) - Review: Bunnahabhain 8 Year Old – The MacPhail’s Collection Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky Origin: Bunnahabhain Distillery Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail – The MacPhail’s Collection ABV: 43% Cost: £30.25 from Master Of Malt Score: 83/100 What they say: The MacPhail’s Collection from Bunnahabhain Distillery Peated 8 Years Old, Strength 43% COLOUR Pale Gold. Body […]
  • Caol Ila 10 Years Old 2003 – Cask Strength ~ 59.6% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Caol Ila 10 Years Old 2003 – Cask Strength Islay single malt scotch whisky 59.6% ABV, £53.95 available from Royal Mile Whiskies Score: 86/100 What they say: A 2003 vintage Caol Ila released by independent bottlers Gordon & MacPhail as part of the Cask Strength Series. Distilled on September 10, this was aged for 10 […]
  • Caol Ila 1994 Sassicaia Gordon & Macphail Private Collection Caol Ila 18 Years Old 1994 Sassicaia Wood Finish – Private Collection ~ 45% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Caol Ila 18 Years Old 1994 Sassicaia Wood Finish – Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail) 45% ABV, £70 for 70cl Score: 86/100 What they say: Caol Ila Distillery – Founded in 1846, Caol Ila has remained an almost secret Islay malt. The name – pronounced ‘culleela’, is gaelic for ‘Sound of Islay’. The distillery is […]
  • Caol Ila 2004 Connoisseurs Choice Caol Ila 2004 (Bottled 2016) Connoisseur’s Choice ~ 46% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Whisky Review: Caol Ila 2004 (Bottled 2016) Connoisseur’s Choice Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky Origin: Caol Ila Distillery Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail, Connoisseur’s Choice ABV: 46% Cost: £42.43 from Master of Malt What they say: In the mid-1960s Gordon & MacPhail took the unprecedented step of launching a range of single malts under the […]
  • Caperdonich 14 Years Old 1999 Connoisseurs Choice ~ 46% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Caperdonich 14 Years Old 1999 Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail) 46% ABV, £40 for 70cl Score: 79/100 What they say: A sumptuous Speyside single malt which slumbered in Sherry butts from 1999 to 2013. This Caperdonich makes for a fine addition to Gordon & MacPhail’s Connoisseurs Choice. AROMA without water: Light and Fruity with tropical fruit […]
  • craigellachie-1997-bottled-2014-connoisseurs-choice-gordon-and-macphail-whisky Craigellachie 1997 Connoisseurs Choice ~ 46% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Review: Craigellachie 1997 Connoisseurs Choice (Bottled 2014) Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Craigellachie Distillery Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail; Connoisseurs Choice ABV: 46% Cost: £64.32 from Master of Malt What they say: Gordon & MacPhail, one of the world’s leading single malt whisky specialists, has selected a special series of whiskies to showcase the […]
  • GM_Connoisseurs_Choice_Dalmore_2001_46_70cl Dalmore 2001 Connoisseurs Choice ~ 46% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Review: Dalmore 2001 Connoisseurs Choice (Bottled 2015) Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky Origin: The Dalmore Distillery Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail; Connoisseurs Choice ABV: 46% Cost: £40.33 from Master of Malt What they say: Gordon & MacPhail, one of the world’s leading single malt whisky specialists, has selected a special series of whiskies to showcase […]
  • Glasgow’s Whisky Festival 2013 - Glasgow’s 4th Annual Whisky Festival, organised by the Glasgow Whisky Club, was held at The Arches in Glasgow on Saturday 16th November 2013 from 1pm-5pm. As part of Edinburgh University’s Water of Life Society we had the fantastic opportunity to get 2 tickets for this event priced at £25 each. Meaning that Paula and myself […]
  • glen-elgin-1998-bottled-2014-connoisseurs-choice-gordon-and-macphail-whisky Glen Elgin 1998 (Bottled 2014) Connoisseur’s Choice ~ 46% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Whisky Review: Glen Elgin 1998 (Bottled 2014) Connoisseur’s Choice Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Glen Elgin Distillery Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail; Connoisseur’s Choice ABV: 46% Cost: £61.72 from Master of Malt What they say: In the mid-1960s Gordon & MacPhail took the unprecedented step of launching a range of single malts under the […]
  • glen-grant-1949-whisky Glen Grant 1949 Speyside Collection ~ 40% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Whisky Review: Glen Grant 1949 Speyside Collection Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Glen Grant distillery Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail, Speyside Collection ABV: 43% Cost: £10,495.95 from Master of Malt similar (bottled 2007) available for £2794.39 from Master of Malt   What they say: Speyside Collection Leading whisky specialist Gordon & MacPhail has launched an exclusive Speyside Collection, […]
  • Glen-Grant-1954-Rare-Vintage-GM Glen Grant 1954 Rare Vintage ~ 40% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Review: Glen Grant 1954 Rare Vintage Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Glen Grant Distillery Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail Rare Vintage ABV: 40% Cost: £1167.76 from Master of Malt What they say: Colour Golden amber. Body Full Finish Long and fruity. Cask Type 1st Fill Sherry Casks Style After dinner dram. Tasting Note AROMA […]
  • glen-keith-1993-whisky Glen Keith 12 Years Old 1993 Connoisseurs Choice ~ 43% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Review: Glen Keith 12 Years Old 1993 Connoisseurs Choice Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Glen Keith Distillery Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail; Connoisseurs Choice ABV: 46% Cost: £40.34 from Master of Malt [sold out] What they say: Colour Pale Straw. Body Light. Finish Hints of fruit and herbal flavours. Cask Type Refill American Hogsheads. […]
  • GM_Connoisseurs_Choice_Glenallachie_1999_46_70cl Glenallachie 1999 Connoisseurs Choice ~ 46% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Review: Glenallachie 1999 Connoisseurs Choice (Bottled 2013) Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Glenallachie Distillery Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail; Connoisseurs Choice ABV: 46% Cost: £33.12 from Master of Malt What they say: Gordon & MacPhail, one of the world’s leading single malt whisky specialists, has selected a special series of whiskies to showcase the company’s […]
  • The Whiskyphiles Glenlossie 1995 Connoisseurs Choice Glenlossie 18 Years Old 1995 – Connoisseurs Choice ~ 46% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Glenlossie 18 Years Old 1995 – Connoisseurs Choice 46% ABV, £39.95 for 70cl available from Royal Mile Whiskies here Score: 90/100 What they say: Glenlossie Distillery is sited, not far from Elgin, nestling under the cover of a fir clad hill. Its site enables the waters running from the Mannoch Hills to collect in a […]
  • glenrothes-8-year-old-the-macphails-collection-gordon-and-macphail-whisky Glenrothes 8 Year Old – The MacPhail’s Collection (Gordon & MacPhail) - Review: Glenrothes 8 Year Old – The MacPhail’s Collection Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Glenrothes Distillery Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail – The MacPhail’s Collection ABV: 43% Cost: £29.91 from Master of Malt Score: 81/100 What they say: The MacPhail’s Collection from Glenrothes Distillery 8 Years Old, Strength 43% COLOUR Pale Gold. Body Light. Finish Fairly […]
  • Glentauchers 19 Year Old 1991 Gordon & Macphail Glentauchers 19 Years Old 1991 ~ 43% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Glentauchers 19 year old 1991 single malt scotch whisky Glentauchers Distillery via Gordon & MacPhail 43% ABV, RRP £42.99 for 70cl Score 89/100 What they say: Gordon & MacPhail “Located in the north-east of Scotland in the heart of the world famous whisky producing region of Speyside, Gordon & MacPhail is an independent family owned and […]
  • glentauchers-1996-bottled-2016-gordon-and-macphail-whisky Glentauchers 1996 (bottled 2016) ~ 43% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Whisky Review: Glentauchers 1996 (bottled 2016) Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Glentauchers Distillery Bottling: Gordon & Macphail; Distillery Labels collection ABV: 43% Cost: £49.83 from Master of Malt What they say: In partnership with each respective distillery, all whiskies in our ‘Distillery Labels’ range are uniquely labelled. In years gone by many of […]
  • GM_The_MacPhails_Collection_Glenturret_2002_43_70cl Glenturret 2002 The MacPhail’s Collection ~ 43% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Review: Glenturret 2002 The MacPhail’s Collection Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky Origin: Glenturret Distillery Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail, The MacPhail’s Collection ABV: 43% Cost: £40.19 from Master of Malt What they say: Gordon & MacPhail, one of the world’s leading single malt whisky specialists, has selected a special series of whiskies to showcase the […]
  • Imperial18yo1993-2011GM Imperial 18 Years Old 1993 ~ 43% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Imperial 18 Years Old 1993 Speyside single malt scotch whisky 43% ABV, ~ £45 for 70cl Score: 87/100 What they say: Colour: Golden amber. WITHOUT WATER: Nose: Initially creamy, perfumed and fresh. Followed with hints of fudge, cooked fruit, and toasted malt. Palate: Starts off vary peppery with a slight bitterness (dark chocolate) and mouth […]
  • Ledaig 19 Years Old 1993 St Joseph Wood Finish ~ 45% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Ledaig 19 Years Old 1993 St Joseph Wood Finish – Private Collection Island single malt scotch whisky 45% ABV, £55 for 70cl Score: 92/100 What they say: Colour: Dark Amber. WITHOUT WATER: Nose: Sweet wine influences with red grapes and sweet summer berries aromas. Fresh and herbal with hints of coriander and sea air. Palate: […]
  • Linkwood1972SC Linkwood 1972 Speyside Collection ~ 43% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Whisky Review: Linkwood 1972 Speyside Collection Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Linkwood Distillery Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail, Speyside Collection ABV: 43% Cost: £10,495.95 from Master of Malt  ~ £545 on its own from Whisky Online What they say: Speyside Collection Leading whisky specialist Gordon & MacPhail has launched an exclusive Speyside Collection, offering customers […]
  • linkwood-25-year-old-gm Linkwood 25 Years Old ~ 43% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Whisky Review: Linkwood 25 Years Old Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Linkwood Distillery Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail; Distillery Labels collection ABV: 43% Cost: £106.87 from Master of Malt [sold out] What they say: Colour: Dark golden. Body: Medium. Finish: Long. Cask Type: Refill Sherry casks. Style: A sophisticated Speysider – with some finesse. […]
  • Lochside_1991_13YO_CC Lochside 13 Years Old 1991 – Connoisseurs Choice ~ 43% (Gordon and MacPhail) - Lochside 13 Years Old 1991 – Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail) 43% ABV, £50 for 70cl or £4.90 / dram @ The Whiski Rooms Edinburgh Score: 82/100 What they say: From: http://www.gordonandmacphail.com/connoisseurs-choice/connoisseurs-choice-lochside-distilled-1991-strength-43-67.html Lochside Distillery began life as a brewery in the 1890s. After closing in the 1950s the site was bought by Joseph Hobbs, who […]
  • Longmorn1967SC Longmorn 1967 Speyside Collection ~ 43% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Whisky Review: Longmorn 1967 Speyside Collection Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Longmorn distillery Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail, Speyside Collection ABV: 43% Cost: £10,495.95 from Master of Malt   What they say: Speyside Collection Leading whisky specialist Gordon & MacPhail has launched an exclusive Speyside Collection, offering customers the chance to purchase six exquisite single malt Scotch […]
  • macallan-1997-bottled-2015-speymalt-gordon-macphail-whisky Macallan 1997 (bottled 2015) Speymalt ~ 43% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Whisky Review: Macallan 1997 (bottled 2015) Speymalt Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: The Macallan Distillery Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail; Speymalt ABV: 43% Cost: £59.00 What they say: Distilled at The Macallan Distillery in 1997 and bottled in 2015 by Gordon & MacPhail under their Speymalt label. Colour: Dark Gold. Body: Medium, creamy and […]
  • Mortlach 15 Year Old Gordon & Macphail Mortlach 15 Years Old ~ 43% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Mortlach 15 Years Old (Gordon & MacPhail) 43% ABV, £40 for 70cl Score 80/100 What they say: From Master of Malt A 15 year old from the Mortlach distillery, aged in first fill and refill sherry casks before bottling for Gordon and MacPhail. The nose is rich with cereal sweetness and warm barley. Apple blossom […]
  • Mortlach1954SC Mortlach 1954 Speyside Collection ~ 43% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Whisky Review: Mortlach 1954 Speyside Collection Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Mortlach distillery Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail, Speyside Collection ABV: 43% Cost: £10,495.95 from Master of Malt   What they say: Speyside Collection Leading whisky specialist Gordon & MacPhail has launched an exclusive Speyside Collection, offering customers the chance to purchase six exquisite single malt Scotch whiskies […]
  • mortlach-25-years-old-1989-exclusive-gm-2 Mortlach 25 Years Old 1989 Cask 4302 Exclusive ~ 50% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Whisky Review: Mortlach 25 Years Old 1989 Cask 4302 Exclusive (Bottled 2014) Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Mortlach Distillery Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail; Exclusive from Mortlach Distillery ABV: 50% Cost: £130 from Gordon & MacPhail’s shop in Elgin What they say: Distilled at Mortlach Distillery in 1989 this has spent 25 years maturing […]
  • Glenlivet1948SC Smith’s Glenlivet 1948 Speyside Collection ~ 43% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Whisky Review: Smith’s Glenlivet 1948 Speyside Collection Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Glenlivet distillery Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail, Speyside Collection ABV: 43% Cost: £10,495.95 from Master of Malt available individually for £3150.00 from Whisky Online What they say: Speyside Collection Leading whisky specialist Gordon & MacPhail has launched an exclusive Speyside Collection, offering customers the chance […]
  • Glenlivet-1974-Rare-Vintage-GM Smith’s Glenlivet 1974 Rare Vintage ~ 43% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Review: Smith’s Glenlivet 1974 Rare Vintage Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: The Glenlivet Distillery Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail Distillery Own Labels ABV: 43% Cost: £420.67 from Master of Malt What they say: Colour Dark amber. Body Medium to full. Finish Lingering. Cask Type Refill American & refill Sherry casks. Style Well balanced and […]
  • speyburn-1989-bottled-2013-connoisseurs-choice-gordon-and-macphail-whisky Speyburn 1989 – Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail) - Review: Speyburn 1989 – Connoisseurs Choice Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Speyburn Distillery Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail – Connoisseurs Choice ABV: 46% Cost: £75.79 from Master of Malt Score: 86/100 What they say: COLOUR Dark Straw. Body Light. Finish Medium. Cask Type Refill Sherry Hogsheads. Style Delicate and well balanced. Tasting Note AROMA without water […]
  • strathisla-1953-gordon-and-macphail-whisky Strathisla 1953 Speyside Collection ~ 43% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Whisky Review: Strathisla 1953 Speyside Collection Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Strathisla distillery Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail, Speyside Collection ABV: 43% Cost: £10,495.95 from Master of Malt available alone for £1948.56 from Master of Malt What they say: Speyside Collection Leading whisky specialist Gordon & MacPhail has launched an exclusive Speyside Collection, offering customers the chance […]
  • Macallan-2006-Speymalt-Gordon-MacPhail The Macallan 2006 – Speymalt ~ 43% (Gordon & Macphail) - Review: The Macallan 2006 – Speymalt Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: The Macallan Distillery Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail – Speymalt ABV: 43% Cost: £32.95 from The Whisky Exchange What they say: Speymalt from Macallan Distillery Distilled 2006, Strength 43% COLOUR Pale Gold. Body Medium. Finish Medium and creamy with a smooth milk chocolate finish. Cask […]
  • The Whiskyphiles Picks; the Top 10 Whiskies of 2013 - The Whiskyphiles Picks; the Top 10 Whiskies of 2013 Despite only being 5 months in production, we here at The Whiskyphiles would like to thank everyone who has visited us so far in 2013. We hope you have found the blog informative and useful and you continue to visit us in 2014! The following data […]

 

Connoisseurs Choice

In the 1960s George Urquhart, one of the first of four generations of the Urquhart family to shape the future of Gordon & MacPhail, pioneered a range of single malt Scotch whiskies, which he selected, matured, and bottled. In doing so, he effectively invented a category in a market previously focused entirely on blended whiskies.
The ‘Connoisseurs Choice’ range broke innovative new ground, giving a platform to many of Scotland’s single malt distilleries from across all regions, some of which had never before been bottled as a single malt.

Over the past five decades, we have maintained our belief that every distillery has a personality of its own. The collection of whiskies in the ‘Connoisseurs Choice’ range is constantly evolving, aiming always to highlight the unique characteristics of the individual distilleries.

The ‘Connoisseurs Choice’ collection brings together rare and sought after single malts from some of Scotland’s longest established distilleries; we mature and bottle spirit from distilleries as diverse as Caol Ila on the island of Islay to Strathmill in Speyside.

The range also highlights the output of Scotland’s newer distilleries, such as our releases from the Isle of Arran distillery.

  • Allt-á-Bhainne 16 Years Old 1996 – Connoisseurs Choice ~ 46% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Allt-á-Bhainne 16 Years Old 1996 – Connoisseurs Choice Speyside single malt scotch whisky 46% ABV, £51.64 for 70cl Score: 84/100 What they say: With a light body thanks to a refill sherry hogshead maturation, this is a delicious 1996 vintage from Speyside’s Allt-á-Bhainne distillery. It was bottled for Gordon and MacPhail’s stellar Connoisseurs Choice range. […]
  • Caol Ila 2004 Connoisseurs Choice Caol Ila 2004 (Bottled 2016) Connoisseur’s Choice ~ 46% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Whisky Review: Caol Ila 2004 (Bottled 2016) Connoisseur’s Choice Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky Origin: Caol Ila Distillery Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail, Connoisseur’s Choice ABV: 46% Cost: £42.43 from Master of Malt What they say: In the mid-1960s Gordon & MacPhail took the unprecedented step of launching a range of single malts under the […]
  • GM_Connoisseurs_Choice_Dalmore_2001_46_70cl Dalmore 2001 Connoisseurs Choice ~ 46% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Review: Dalmore 2001 Connoisseurs Choice (Bottled 2015) Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky Origin: The Dalmore Distillery Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail; Connoisseurs Choice ABV: 46% Cost: £40.33 from Master of Malt What they say: Gordon & MacPhail, one of the world’s leading single malt whisky specialists, has selected a special series of whiskies to showcase […]
  • glen-elgin-1998-bottled-2014-connoisseurs-choice-gordon-and-macphail-whisky Glen Elgin 1998 (Bottled 2014) Connoisseur’s Choice ~ 46% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Whisky Review: Glen Elgin 1998 (Bottled 2014) Connoisseur’s Choice Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Glen Elgin Distillery Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail; Connoisseur’s Choice ABV: 46% Cost: £61.72 from Master of Malt What they say: In the mid-1960s Gordon & MacPhail took the unprecedented step of launching a range of single malts under the […]
  • GM_Connoisseurs_Choice_Glenallachie_1999_46_70cl Glenallachie 1999 Connoisseurs Choice ~ 46% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Review: Glenallachie 1999 Connoisseurs Choice (Bottled 2013) Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Glenallachie Distillery Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail; Connoisseurs Choice ABV: 46% Cost: £33.12 from Master of Malt What they say: Gordon & MacPhail, one of the world’s leading single malt whisky specialists, has selected a special series of whiskies to showcase the company’s […]
  • Lochside_1991_13YO_CC Lochside 13 Years Old 1991 – Connoisseurs Choice ~ 43% (Gordon and MacPhail) - Lochside 13 Years Old 1991 – Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail) 43% ABV, £50 for 70cl or £4.90 / dram @ The Whiski Rooms Edinburgh Score: 82/100 What they say: From: http://www.gordonandmacphail.com/connoisseurs-choice/connoisseurs-choice-lochside-distilled-1991-strength-43-67.html Lochside Distillery began life as a brewery in the 1890s. After closing in the 1950s the site was bought by Joseph Hobbs, who […]
  • speyburn-1989-bottled-2013-connoisseurs-choice-gordon-and-macphail-whisky Speyburn 1989 – Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail) - Review: Speyburn 1989 – Connoisseurs Choice Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Speyburn Distillery Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail – Connoisseurs Choice ABV: 46% Cost: £75.79 from Master of Malt Score: 86/100 What they say: COLOUR Dark Straw. Body Light. Finish Medium. Cask Type Refill Sherry Hogsheads. Style Delicate and well balanced. Tasting Note AROMA without water […]
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