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Gordon & MacPhail Coleburn 1981 Private Collection


29th April 2019
Gordon & MacPhail unveil their 2019 Spring Collection, an outturn of 21 whiskies including from a rarely seen distillery, a 38 year old Coleburn 1981 Private Collection bottling.

Gordon & MacPhail 2019 Spring Collection

Gordon & MacPhail, the family owned and run Speyside based independent whisky maker and bottler, has announced its 2019 Spring Collection, unveiling a series of 21 whiskies which draws upon their unrivalled depth and breadth of knowledge which the company has gained from maturing spirit from over 100 Scottish distilleries since 1895 when the company was founded.

Since its foundation, Gordon & MacPhail has carefully matched spirit to oak casks which are sent to distilleries throughout Scotland, filled with new-make spirit, and matured either at the distillery of origin or in the firm’s own bonded warehouse in Elgin.

One of the rarer highlights of G&M's 2019 Spring Collection outturn is the Gordon & MacPhail 1981 from Coleburn Distillery which is the latest edition to be released in their ‘Private Collection’ range.

The Gordon & MacPhail Coleburn 1981 Private Collection single malt, single cask whisky has been matured in G&M's specially selected cask at its warehouse in Elgin for the past 38 years. Spirit from the Coleburn Distillery which was mothballed back in in 1985 was traditionally used in blending which has made it quite a rare single malt but luckily Gordon & MacPhail acquired some of the spirit and using their knowledge of the Coleburn spirit, maturation and of course their creativity they carefully matched it with a Refill Sherry hogshead to create this now rarely seen single malt making it a very appropriate addition the their exclusive ‘Private Collection’ range.

Laid down on 11th March 1981 to mature in a Refill Sherry Hogshead Cask No. 476 and considering it is a 38 year old whisky the Gordon & MacPhail Coleburn 1981 Private Collection was bottled at a very impressive strength 55.9% ABV on 14th March 2019. Described by G&M as having a distinct mahogany hue and rich flavours of Sherry-soaked fruit, liquorice, and dark chocolate, and a long finish brimming with toffee notes and a hint of smoke.

The Gordon & MacPhail Coleburn 1981 Private Collection is a very limited release with only 101 bottles available worldwide and it has a UK RRP of £1,250

Two more notable whiskies from the 2019 Spring Collection include Connoisseurs Choice Glenburgie 1998 RRP £136. With just 245 bottles available, this whisky offers a unique opportunity to own a 20 year old whisky which is rarely bottled as a single malt. Connoisseurs Choice Ledaig 2006 from the Tobermory distillery has been crafted using peated new-make spirit and paired with a specially selected first-fill Sherry hogshead which should be of interest to those who are partial to a peated sherried single malt of which I know there are many of you, the Ledaig 2006 will have a UK RRP of £73.

You will find the Gordon & MacPhail Coleburn 1981 Private Collection and the rest of G&M's 2019 Spring Collection outturn, which totals 21 new single malt whiskies in total, available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt
 

Gordon & MacPhail Coleburn 1981 Private Collection Review


Gordon & MacPhail Coleburn 1981 Private CollectionMatured in cask no. 476, a refill Sherry hogshead and bottled at 55.9% ABV, an outturn of 101 bottles, with a UK RRP of £1,250.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose:  Sherry-soaked fruit aromas with a touch of beeswax polish. Juicy black cherries drizzled with rich caramel leads into fresh coffee with a subtle smokiness.

Taste: Dark chocolate, coffee, and ripe plums. Dried fruits and sherry-soaked cherries, reminiscent of rich fruitcake. Subtle flavours of oak and liquorice emerge with a slight nuttiness.

Finish: Long; rich fruitcake, coffee, and toffee notes evolve into leather with a hint of smoke.
 

Gordon & MacPhail 2019 Spring Collection


Due to the limited nature of each whisky in the 2019 Spring Collection some whiskies may only be available in specific market places although you can overcome this hurdle by ordering from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt who offer delivery to most countries in the world.
  • Connoisseurs Choice Aultmore 2005 vintage (UK)
    Cask Type: Refill Bourbon Barrel. Cask Strength: 55.5% ABV
     
  • Connoisseurs Choice Bladnoch 1990 vintage (UK)
    Cask Type: Refill American Hogshead. Cask Strength: 52.3% ABV
     
  • Connoisseurs Choice Caol Ila 1984 vintage (Worldwide)
    Cask Type: Refill Sherry Hogshead. Cask Strength: 52.5% ABV
     
  • Connoisseurs Choice Caol Ila 2005 vintage (Worldwide)
    Cask Type: First and Refill Bourbon Barrels. Strength: 45% ABV
     
  • Connoisseurs Choice Caol Ila 2001 vintage (Asia & Oceania)
    Cask Type: Refill American Hogshead. Cask Strength: 58.1% ABV
     
  • Connoisseurs Choice Caol Ila 2001 vintage (Europe)
    Cask Type: Refill Bourbon Barrel. Cask Strength: 58.9% ABV
     
  • Connoisseurs Choice Caol Ila 2003 vintage (UK)
    Cask Type: First Fill Bourbon Barrel. Cask Strength: 55.7% ABV
     
  • Connoisseurs Choice Caol Ila 2005 vintage (Europe)
    Cask Type: First Fill Bourbon Barrel. Cask Strength: 52.9% ABV
     
  • Private Collection Coleburn 1981 vintage (Worldwide)
    Cask Type: Refill Sherry Hogshead. Strength: 55.9% ABV
     
  • Connoisseurs Choice Glenburgie 1998 vintage (Europe)
    Cask Type: Refill American Hogshead. Strength: 55.3% ABV
     
  • Connoisseurs Choice Glenlivet 2003 vintage (Asia & Oceania)
    Cask Type: Refill Bourbon Barrel. Cask Strength: 56.4% ABV
     
  • Connoisseurs Choice Glenrothes 1988 vintage (Worldwide)
    Cask Type: Refill American Hogshead. Cask Strength: 58.5% ABV
     
  • Connoisseurs Choice Highland Park 1989 vintage (Worldwide)
    Cask Type: Refill Sherry Butt. Cask Strength: 51% ABV
     
  • Connoisseurs Choice Highland Park 2001 vintage (Europe)
    Cask Type: Refill Sherry Butt. Cask Strength: 57.8% ABV
     
  • Connoisseurs Choice Jura 1991 vintage (Asia & Oceania)
    Cask Type: Refill American Hogshead. Cask Strength: 54.1% ABV
     
  • Connoisseurs Choice Ledaig 2006 vintage (Europe)
    Cask Type: Refill Sherry Hogshead. Cask Strength: 58.2% ABV
     
  • Connoisseurs Choice Linkwood 1997 vintage (Asia & Oceania)
    Cask Type: First Fill Sherry Butt. Cask Strength: 55.3% ABV
     
  • Connoisseurs Choice Miltonduff 1995 vintage (Europe)
    Cask Type: Refill American Hogshead. Cask Strength: 56.9% ABV
     
  • Connoisseurs Choice Tomatin 1990 vintage (UK & Europe)
    Cask Type: Refill American Hogshead. Cask Strength: 50.1% ABV
     
  • Connoisseurs Choice Tomatin 1990 vintage (Asia & Oceania)
    Cask Type: Refill American Hogshead. Cask Strength: 47.9% ABV
     
  • Connoisseurs Choice Tomatin 2002 vintage (Europe)
    Cask Type: Refill Bourbon Barrel. Cask Strength: 58.4% ABV

 

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