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Gordon & MacPhail Director Influential in British Luxury

18th November 2020
Stephen Rankin, Gordon & MacPhail’s Director of Prestige, named among the 50 most influential people in British luxury.

Stephen Rankin Director of Prestige Gordon & MacPhail - Photo Credit Elliot Hatherley

I have long said Scotch Malt Whisky is an affordable luxury no matter how big your budget and one whisky creator who offers luxury whiskies to suit every budget is Elgin based Gordon & MacPhail so it was no surprise to hear that Stephen Rankin, the company’s Director of Prestige and fourth-generation member of Gordon & MacPhail's owning family has been honoured as one of the 50 Most Influential People in British Luxury.

Stephen has been included in the 2020 Power List from Walpole – the official luxury sector body and widely regarded as ‘the home of British luxury’. The list recognises the individuals and brands who despite enormous challenges throughout 2020, have continued to deliver success in the luxury sector.

For Gordon & MacPhail, celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, the recent highlight has been the launch of four extremely rare and unique commemorative whiskies released to honour the Elgin company’s milestone.

Alongside the four commemorative whiskies, Gordon & MacPhail has also launched a new film serialisation charting the company’s 125-year story. The ‘Chapters’ series of five short films includes personal reflections from over 20 contributors, including fellow Walpole Power List honourees Conor O’Leary, managing director of Gleneagles, Simon Cotton, CEO of Johnstons of Elgin and Knut Wylde, general manager of The Berkeley hotel.

Stephen Rankin said: "It’s an honour to be named one of the country’s most influential people in luxury. I’m in great company among some of the industry’s greatest – some of whom I’m proud to call friends.

"It’s particularly poignant to be recognised in such an important year for Gordon & MacPhail, as we celebrate over a century in whisky creation. Despite challenging circumstances, the whole team and I are proud to continue our pursuit of whisky perfection for people to enjoy all over the world."

Walpole acknowledged Stephen’s role in bringing the company’s history, heritage and whiskies to life in entertaining ways, stating: “With over 20 years’ experience in the world of Single Malt (as well as Wine and Spirits), Stephen Rankin’s contribution to the industry was recognised in in 2019 when he was made a Master of the Quaich: the highest honour possible in the Whisky industry.

"Alongside fellow family members and colleagues, Stephen has contributed to the growth of the 125-year-old family firm Gordon & MacPhail, and the release of some of the rarest and most iconic whiskies in the world. His work today is focused on engaging with consumers around the world, and bringing to life the wonderful story of Gordon & MacPhail through their truly unique and rare portfolio of Single Malt Scotch Whiskies."

You will find Gordon & MacPhail's luxury whisky range available from specialist online whisky retailers such as as as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

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