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Gordon & MacPhail 125th Anniversary Mosstowie 1979

3rd November 2020
Gordon & MacPhail reveal the third of four 125th Anniversary bottlings a Mosstowie 1979 40 year old

Gordon & MacPhail 125th Anniversary Mosstowie 1979 40 Year OldGordon & MacPhail has revealed its third commemorative whisky released to mark the company’s 125th anniversary and continuing the theme, the remarkably rare Gordon & MacPhail 1979 Mosstowie from Miltonduff Distillery constitutes the independent bottler’s last remaining cask from the distillery, matured with spirit from the now-removed Lomond Stills.

Located within Miltonduff Distillery in Morayshire, Mosstowie was founded in 1964 under the ownership of industry pioneer Hiram Walker – who championed the use of longer, more versatile Lomond Stills to give a variety of flavour profiles.

The stills, which produced Mosstowie’s smoky, soft spirit, operated for just 17 years before being removed in 1981 due to the longer arms of the stills being notoriously difficult to clean.

This last remaining cask of Mosstowie from Gordon & MacPhail's warehouse produced just 164 bottles which have been bottled a decent strength of 49.8% ABV and is described by G & M as a full-bodied whisky, full of sherry influences and dark chocolate notes. The 40 year old whisky was laid down in Gordon & MacPhail’s Elgin warehouse on Thursday 13 September 1979 in cask number 20323, a refill Sherry Hogshead.

Stephen Rankin, a fourth-generation member of Gordon & MacPhail’s owning family and the company’s Director of Prestige, said: "Each of the extremely rare whiskies released to commemorate our 125th anniversary is truly unique as they are the last cask of that particular make we have maturing in our warehouse. With no official bottling ever available of the elusive Mosstowie malt, we are particularly excited to bring this special whisky to the market."

The Gordon & MacPhail Mosstowie 1979 has a RRP of Ł1500 will be available from specialist online whisky retailers such as as as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

Gordon & MacPhail 125th Anniversary Mosstowie 1979 Review

Bottled at 49.8 ABV, non chill-filtered, naturally coloured.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Colour: Dark Gold.

Nose: Fragrant vanilla pod and butterscotch aromas lead to candied peel and hedgerow blossom. Leather and stewed apple notes come to the fore alongside blackcurrant leaves.

Taste: Flavours of black pepper complement spiced grapefruit and subtle sherry influences. Dark chocolate undertones develop accompanied by tart raspberries and strawberry liquorice.

Finish: Fong and medium-bodied with a hint of fresh mint leaves on the finish.

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