To celebrate its 125th anniversary, the iconic whisky creator and specialty bottler Gordon & MacPhail (G & M) is planning to release four exceptional whiskies. All four whiskies are from either closed distilleries or were produced using Lomond stills that are no longer in production.

Expressions from closed distilleries, euphemistically referred to as “lost distilleries,” are among the most coveted bottlings among Scotch whisky enthusiasts. This is especially true when the distillery has been torn down and there is no possibility that it can restart production.

According to Stephen Rankin, G & M’s Director of Prestige and a fourth-generation member of the Urquhart family that owns and manages the company:

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.

Since 1895, Gordon & MacPhail has released single malts from over 100 celebrated, little-known, or closed distilleries. 

The first of the releases is a Gordon & MacPhail 1972 from Coleburn Distillery in Speyside.

The Coleburn Distillery was founded in 1897 by the Dundee blending firm of John Robertson & Son. It was sold to the Clynelish Distillery Company in 1916, and was subsequently acquired by the Distillers Company

  • UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke out against the 25% tariff on Scotch whisky exports to the US in Parliament, saying that “we will fight it every step of the way.”
  • The US introduced the tariff in October 2019 in retaliation against subsidies that EU member states gave to Airbus.
  • The tariff has made Scotch whisky less competitive in the US, and caused sales to plummet, according the the Scotch Whisky Association. In May 2020, exports to the US were 65% lower than the same month last year.
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The 25% tariff on Scotch whisky exports to the US should be lifted, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.

“We will continue to take a very robust line. It cannot be right that American consumers should continue to pay over the odds for Scotch (whisky),” he told Parliament on Wednesday.

“It cannot be right that this discrimination should continue and we will fight it every step of the way,” the prime minister said.

He had already brought the matter up several times with President Donald Trump, he added.

The US introduced a 25% tariff on single malt Scotch whisky exports to the US in October 2019. It was introduced in retaliation against subsidies EU member states gave to aircraft maker Airbus.

In 2019, more than a fifth of the Scotch whisky industry’s export revenue came from the US. This made the US the industry’s biggest market with sales of over £1 billion ($1.3 billion), according to the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), the industry’s trade body.

But sales fell sharply after the tariff made it less competitive, the SWA said. Exports to the US dropped 30% from October 2019 to July 2020, causing losses of around £300 million ($386 million), which has been compounded by the