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