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Gordon & MacPhail unveils new Private Collection

Gordon & MacPhail has revealed a new look for its Private Collection range of single malts. 

The first releases comprise a rare whisky from Inverleven Distillery and a forty-four-years-old single malt distilled at Glenrothes Distillery.

In 1985, Gordon & MacPhail sent Cask 562, a refill Bourbon barrel, to the Inverleven Distillery located in Dumbarton within the Scottish Lowlands. The distillery had been making spirit for only forty-seven years and new-make would only flow for another six years before the Inverleven still was mothballed. The site was demolished in 2002, never to produce again. This single malt has matured for thirty-three years before being bottled at a cask strength ABV 57.4%. It retails for £1,000 RRP.

The second Private Collection release dates back to 1974 when a refill sherry puncheon was filled at Glenrothes Distillery in Speyside. The rich, mahogany whisky has an ABV of 49.5% and retails at £1,250 RRP.

Presented in ridged heavyweight bottles housed in veneered wooden boxes, both Private Collection releases were selected for bottling by Stuart Urquhart, Gordon & MacPhail’s associate director of Whisky Supply and member of the fourth generation of the owning family.

Further ultra-rare releases from the new Private Collection will be revealed in coming months.

Stephen Rankin, Gordon & MacPhail’s director of Prestige and member of the Urquhart family, says: “For over a century my family has been maturing whisky and using our skills, experience, and passion for single malts to recognise exactly the right moment to bottle a spirit that will be loved by discerning whisky drinkers around the globe. These two exquisite malts are complemented perfectly by the beautiful new packaging."

9 November 2018 - Sam Coyne the drinks report, editor