Gordon & Macphail Speyside Collection

Independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail has launched an exclusive Speyside Collection today. They are offering  the chance to purchase six exquisite single malt whiskies from some of Scotland’s finest and legendary Speyside distilleries.

The fourth-generation family business has some of the world’s oldest and most unique whiskies in their portfolio. They allow us (well those who can afford them) the chance to savour a piece of Scotland’s liquid history. The Speyside Collection brings together 329 years of knowledge, expertise and whisky maturation.

The first release of the Gordon & Macphail Speyside Collection hosts a range of flavour profiles, from the fruity and peppery notes of  The Glenlivet 1948, to the long and slightly smoky finish of the Glen Grant 1949, and the exotic fruit, sherry and crushed almonds flavours in Strathisla 1953.

The Speyside Collection also offers a Mortlach 1954, a spicy and creamy whisky, the award winning Longmorn 1967, which is bursting with warming spiciness followed by stewed fruit and citrus flavours, and Linkwood 1972, with its flavours of chilli spice, banana and dark chocolate.

Since the very beginning Gordon & MacPhail has sent casks to distilleries to be filled with new make spirit, before being matured in the Elgin bonded warehouses or at the distillery of origin. The whiskies in Gordon & MacPhail’s Speyside Collection are uniquely labelled using the original distillery labels.

Stephen Rankin, director and a member of the fourth generation of the Urquharts, the family who own Gordon & MacPhail, said: “Four generations of our family have passed on skills and knowledge for matching spirit to quality casks and maturing whiskies for many years.”

“The six vintages in the Speyside Collection are testament to our philosophy of producing high quality single malt. We hope malt whisky lovers will be able to enjoy and savour these special Speyside drams.”

The Speyside Collection is available to purchase from specialist whisky retailers at an RRP of £10,500 (€12 500) in the UK. Prices in overseas markets may differ due to local taxes and import duties. A limited edition of 75 Speyside Collections will be available for sale in this first release.

Gordon & MacPhail Smith’s Glenlivet 1948, 43% ABV

This medium-bodied ancient single malt has been distinctly influenced by sixty-two years maturing in a first fill Sherry butt. Dark amber in colour, this well rounded after dinner dram imparts a soft, fruity nose filled with banana, strawberry, and apple harmonised with the sweetness of toffee and subtle oak undertones. Pepper warms the palate with the initial mouthful; charred wood influences are smoothed by a long, fresh and minty finish.

Gordon & MacPhail Glen Grant 1949, 40% ABV

This medium bodied, greatly aged single malt has a fresh floral bouquet with delicate Sherry and vanilla notes culminating in a lingering marzipan edge. The initial white pepper heat is curbed by ground coffee, toasted almond, and the tang of grapefruit. An underlying cigar ash adds depth to the long and smoky finish.

Gordon & MacPhail Strathisla 1953, 43% ABV

A sweet and robust after dinner dram, this well-matured whisky presents potent Sherry soaked fruitcake aromas with delicate and lingering hints of charred oak and old leather. A sip of this full-bodied dark amber coloured whisky unfurls hidden layers of sweetness – starting with light Sherry influences exposing warm steeped exotic fruits, layered with crushed almonds that culminate in a long marzipan finish.

Gordon & MacPhail Mortlach 1954, 43% ABV

The first fill Sherry butt which matured this rich and complex Mortlach single malt for fifty-eight years has left strong influences. The nose of the golden amber liquid is full of Sherry impressions including dried fruits mellowed by a hint of beeswax blossoming into a fresh yet subtle peppermint edge. The full-bodied single malt is captivating; it bursts on the palate with a lovely spiciness that develops into warm tropical fruits and mouth drying cocoa but concludes with a creamy finish.

Gordon & MacPhail Longmorn 1967, 43% ABV

Waft from the glass on one hand, delicately tempered by exotic spices and tree-plucked nectarines, whilst, on the other, intensified by sweet hints of marzipan. The initial mouthful bedazzles with a tangled mix of warming spiciness intermingled with a crisp sweetness – a beautiful medley of ground black pepper and crystallised ginger. Baked apple, stewed pear, and charred peach flavours blossom enriched by a zesty citrus edge.

Gordon & MacPhail Linkwood 1972, 43% ABV

A perfect winter warmer, this robust yet smooth Speysider matured for four decades producing a harmonious amber coloured spirit. Festive spice medley of aromas – cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg, and allspice – entwine perfectly with subtle Sherry influences and soft toffee highlighted by crisp apple and earthy almond. Chilli spice prickles the palate, mouth warming tones linger as apple and ripe banana flavours develop melding into a luxurious dark chocolate and brazil nut edge

P.S. I was fortunate enough to receive a sample pack of these six whiskies. Watch out for reviews of these gems (I don't see a reason why these whiskies won't be absolute stunning) starting December 19.. #SpeysideCollection