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Gordon & MacPhail 2019 Summer Collection

8th August 2019
The Gordon & MacPhail 2019 Summer Collection is a collection of 25 single malts including a couple from the increasing rare St. Magdalene and Dallas Dhu silent distilleries.

2019 Summer Collection Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection Dallas Dhu 1969, St. Magdalene 1982 and Longmorn 1966.

Gordon & MacPhail has unveiled its 2019 Summer Collection, 25 new whiskies in total, which includes some of the oldest ever whisky releases from two rarely seen silent distilleries, bottled as part of its ‘Private Collection’ range is the Gordon & MacPhail Dallas Dhu 1969 which is joined by a Gordon & MacPhail St. Magdalene 1982 38 year old single malt.

Single malts in the Private Collection are personally selected by members of the Urquhart family that has owned Gordon & MacPhail for four generations. For over a century, the specialist has matured spirit from more than 100 Scottish distilleries in its own casks to create a liquid library found nowhere else in the world.

A third Private Collection release, Gordon & MacPhail 1966 from Longmorn Distillery will be available as part of the Summer Collection. The Speyside malt has been matured in a first-fill Sherry butt for 53 years, which has delivered a rich, dark mahogany colour, intense fruitcake notes on the nose and dark fruits on the palate.

These unique and rare releases are contained in bespoke crystal decanters housed in beautifully crafted wooden veneer presentation cases.

Stephen Rankin, Director of Prestige at Gordon & MacPhail said, "Our ‘Private Collection’ whiskies embody the expertise, skill and patience that has been passed down over four generations of my family.

"My grandfather, George Urquhart, recognised an opportunity to match new make spirit with carefully selected casks at a time when the vast majority of production went into blends. Over the decades he was able to master this art which has become his legacy.

"He could never be persuaded to bottle a whisky before he believed it had reached its ultimate peak in terms of quality – a tradition we’re proud to continue today."

Gordon & MacPhail Dallas Dhu 1969 has a UK RRP of £6950

Less than two miles outside Forres, Dallas Dhu was one of the westernmost Speyside distilleries. Closed in 1983, the distillery was designed by famed architect Charles Doig, who also designed the Gordon & MacPhail retail shop in Elgin.

Matured in a refill Sherry hogshead cask no. 1656 on 10 June 1969, only 176 bottles of Gordon & MacPhail 1969 from Dallas Dhu Distillery will be available for purchase from selected specialist whisky retailers internationally.

The Gordon & MacPhail St. Magdalene 1982  has a UK RRP of £1000.

The Gordon & MacPhail 1982 from St. Magdalene Distillery is believed to be one of the oldest bottled single malts from the distillery which used to stand in Linlithgow in the Scottish Lowlands.

A distillery with a rich and varied past, St. Magdalene was initially known as Linlithgow Distillery, before a merger with Bonnytoun Farm Distillery in 1826 led to a renaming. The distillery was built on the lands of St. Magdalene’s Cross Convent, although today all that remains is the malting barn and kiln.

Laid down the year prior to the distillery closing its doors for the last time, the Gordon & MacPhail 1982 from St. Magdalene Distillery was matured in cask no. 2092, a refill American hogshead. Only 161 bottles available to purchase from select whisky retailers internationally.

Gordon & MacPhail Longmorn 1966 has a UK RRP of £6950

Unlike many Scottish distilleries founded during the whisky boom at the end of the 19th century, Longmorn has continued with constant production right up until the present day.

Just 398 bottles are available of the Gordon & MacPhail 1966 from Longmorn Distillery, with the 53 year old single malt whisky matured in cask no. 610, a first fill Sherry butt.

There are 25 releases to look out for in the Gordon & MacPhail 2019 Summer Collection including a Connoisseurs Choice 1989 from Balblair Distillery UK RRP £400, Connoisseurs Choice 2006 from Caol Ila UK RRP £89.75 and Connoisseurs Choice 1995 from Royal Brackla (UK RRP £167.

The 25 whiskies in the Gordon & MacPhail 2019 Summer Collection are:

  • Private Collection Mortlach 1954 vintage
  • Private Collection Longmorn 1966 vintage
  • Private Collection Dallas Dhu 1969 vintage
  • Private Collection St Magdalene 1982 vintage
  • Connoisseurs Choice Ardmore 1997 vintage
  • Connoisseurs Choice Aultmore 2005 vintage
  • Connoisseurs Choice Benriach 1987 vintage
  • Connoisseurs Choice Bladnoch 1991 vintage
  • Connoisseurs Choice Bladnoch 1988 vintage
  • Connoisseurs Choice Caol Ila 2006 vintage
  • Connoisseurs Choice Caol Ila 2001 vintage
  • Connoisseurs Choice Caol Ila 2001 vintage
  • Connoisseurs Choice Clynelish 2005 vintage
  • Connoisseurs Choice Clynelish 2005 vintage
  • Connoisseurs Choice Clynelish 1993 vintage
  • Connoisseurs Choice Glen Keith 1998 vintage
  • Connoisseurs Choice Glen Scotia 2000 vintage
  • Connoisseurs Choice Glen Spey 2001 vintage
  • Connoisseurs Choice Glenallachie 2005 vintage
  • Connoisseurs Choice Jura 1991 vintage
  • Connoisseurs Choice Longmorn 1999 vintage
  • Connoisseurs Choice Mortlach 1999 vintage
  • Connoisseurs Choice Royal Brackla 1995 vintage
  • Connoisseurs Choice Tomatin 2002 vintage
  • Connoisseurs Choice Tormore 1995 vintage

You will find the 25 new whiskies in the Gordon & MacPhail 2019 Summer Collection available from specialist online whisky shops such  as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

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