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Gordon & MacPhail 125th Anniversary Glenury Royal 1984

5th October 2020
Gordon & MacPhail unveil the second of four 125th Anniversary Edition single Cask releases of the year, this time it is a Glenury Royal 1984 35 year old from a first fill sherry cask.

Gordon & MacPhail 125th Anniversary Glenury Royal 1984 35 Year OldGordon & MacPhail the independent Elgin based and still family owned and run whisky maker and bottler has unveiled the second of four rarely seen single cask whiskies which they are releasing this year to mark their 125th Anniversary in the whisky business, this second release was distilled back in 1984 at the now closed Glenury Royal distillery in Stonehaven in the eastern Highlands.

This rare Gordon & MacPhail Glenury Royal 1984 35 year old was distilled Thursday 7th June 1984 and then fully matured in a first-fill Sherry Butt, Cask No. 2335, for 35 years, the cask produce 397 bottles which have been bottled at 49.1% ABV.

Gordon & MacPhail describe the whisky as having notes of sweet orange peel, cherry, burnt sugar and dried fig on the palate which give way to a medium and fruity finish with notes of aniseed and sherry.

The Gordon & MacPhail Glenury Royal 1984 35 year old  joins a Gordon & MacPhail 125th Anniversary 1972 Coleburn whisky which was launched in September. The remaining two whiskies in the anniversary series are set to be revealed in November and December – each as rare and unique as the last.

Stephen Rankin, a fourth-generation member of Gordon & MacPhail's owning family and the company’s Director of Prestige, commented: "Since 1895 Gordon & MacPhail has released single malts from over 100 distilleries, many of which are lesser-known or closed. The anniversary series is a true homage to this endeavour."

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 Glenury Royal 1984 125th Anniversary Edition Review

Gordon & MacPhail Glenury Royal 1984 125th Anniversary Edition 35 Year Old, Cask No. 2335,  first-fill Sherry Butt, bottled at 49.1% ABV. Only 397 bottles.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Stewed fruit aromas and soft notes of polish give way to cocoa powder. Cinnamon spice comes to the fore alongside tart plum skin, treacle and subtle traces of toasted oak.

Taste: Sweet and drying with fresh cherry and orange peel flavours. Burnt sugar and notes of dried fig develop accompanied by blackcurrant and fresh coffee grounds.

Finish: Medium and fruity with lingering aniseed and sherry influences on the finish.

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