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Gordon & MacPhail 125th Anniversary Last Cask Releases

3rd September 2020
Gordon & MacPhail marks 125th Anniversary with the release of four 'Last Cask' from their Elgin warehouse starting with Gordon & MacPhail Coleburn 1972 125th Anniversary Edition 47 Year Old.

Gordon & MacPhail Coleburn 1972 125th Anniversary EditionGordon & MacPhail the independent Elgin based and still family owned and run whisky maker and bottler has announced that they will be marking their 125th Anniversary in the whisky business with the launch of four rarely seen single malt Scotch whiskies.

The four 'Last Casks' are exceptionally scarce, each whisky is either from a closed distillery or it was produced using Lomond Stills that are no longer in production – each whisky is from the last cask held in Gordon & MacPhail’s famous warehouse in Elgin.

The rare single malts will be released periodically during the rest of 2020, providing a fitting tribute to 125 years spent in pursuit of perfection of the art of maturation. Since 1895 Gordon & MacPhail has released single malts from over 100 celebrated, little-known, or closed distilleries.

The first of the anniversary whiskies to be revealed is the Gordon & MacPhail Coleburn 1972 125th Anniversary Edition, which is rather appropriate as the Coleburn Distillery in Speyside is situated just four miles from Gordon & MacPhail's Elgin home, Coleburn  started production in 1897 just two years after Gordon & MacPhail was established but sadly Coleburn ceased production back in 1985.

The Gordon & MacPhail Coleburn 1972 125th Anniversary Edition is a release of 363 bottles, G & M describe it as a sweet, intense and complex 47 Year Old. Incredibly after spending 47 years maturing in Cask No. 3511, a refill sherry puncheon, the golden-hued whisky has been bottled at a cask strength of 62.4% ABV which surely must be some kind of record for a whisky of this age, the grains in Cask No. 3511 must have been very tight indeed to retain such a high level of alcohol.

Stephen Rankin, a fourth-generation member of Gordon & MacPhail’s owning family and the company’s Director of Prestige, said: "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.

"We intend to reveal details of the other three whiskies over the coming year, with each single malt honouring this important milestone for Gordon & MacPhail."

If you want to explore the current Gordon & MacPhail range you will it available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

G & M Coleburn 1972 125th Anniversary Edition Review

Gordon & MacPhail Coleburn 1972 125th Anniversary Edition 47 Year Old, Cask No. 3511, a refill Sherry puncheon, bottled at 62.4% ABV. Only 363 bottles.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Sweet butterscotch, ripe fruit and subtle floral aromas. Caramelised sugar develops alongside waxy citrus peel, slowly transforming into fresh guava.

Taste: Intensely sweet; fruity flavours of apricot and cooked apple with a subtle mouth-warming chilli spice edge. Subtle charred oak flavours give way to a soft undertone of mint leaves.

Finish: A medium finish with sweet and ripe autumnal fruit and a lingering dry herbal note.

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