The Macphail’s Collection

Welcome to this months tastings, brought to you by Gordon and Macphail.

Gordon & MacPhail is an independant bottler and distiller of Scotch Whisky, founded in 1895 and located in Elgin in the north-east of Scotland. It is a family business owned by the Urquhart Family. Gordon & MacPhail is the Trading name of Speymalt Whisky Distributors Ltd. Gordon & MacPhail act as an independent bottler and has been bottling single malt whiskies for over 115 years, and now bottles over 350 different expressions from around 70 distilleries.


Gordon and Macphail are known to have bottled the oldest bottle of whiskies, these include:

* On 11 March 2010, Gordon & MacPhail made history by launching Mortlach 70 Years Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky, the world’s oldest bottled single malt whisky.

On 8 March 2011, Gordon & MacPhail released the 2nd in the Generations series by launching Glenlivet 1940 70 Years Old.

On 20 September 2012 Gordon & MacPhail released Generations Glenlivet 1940 70 Years Old (Release 2). This second, and final, release from Cask 339 created worldwide interest, with a number of these bottles distributed as far as Australia through Alba Whisky


More about this months tastings

The Macphails collection consists of seven whiskies and this month we are pleased to give you tastings from five.


Balblair 10 Year Old - RRP $109.99

Big notes of grassy fields in the spring. A subtle sugary sweetness and ripe pear follows. Marshmallows! Soft and very sweet. This is balanced with a spiced heat and a squeeze of citrus. A long, light finish. Bold and exciting, a properly yummy single malt.


Glenburgie 10 Year Old - RRP $94.99

The nose is quite full and rich with notes of sherried sultanas and dried mixed peel. Notes of oak with chewy tannins and a slightly phenolic, sulphury note of bitumen. The palate is quite sweet with winter berries and mixed fruit and nuts, with a little malt loaf thrown in for good measure. The finish is gentle and supple with a little toasted malt loaf.


Glenturret 13 Year old - RRP $130.00

Copper / brass appearance. Interesting scents of dried hops, ginger ale and hints of spent match in the opening sniff. Second pass sweetens the bouquet slightly adding lucerne mulch and later, dried fruits. Quite nutty, oily, peppery malt with ginger, hay and more toffee and gently bitter dark chocolate evolving in the aftertaste. Closes a little short. Different and difficult to pin down


Highland Park 8 year old - RRP $84.99

The nose is surprisingly rich with notes of waxy honey, leather and zest. Hints of the coast creep in with malty barley sweetness and floral honey. The palate is very woody and peppery with an intense body of seaweed and whirls of smoke with a creamy mouth feel and notes of soft over ripe fruits and plenty of wood. The finish is long and crisp with a tangy spice and gentle smoke.


Tamdhu 8 Year Old - RRP $84.99

The nose is full of juicy sultanas and sherried peels. Note of bitter chocolate and vanilla fudge, dried peels, Parfait Aamour and thick syrupy notes with wood shavings and dry pine. The palate is very full and rich. Notes of raisins and creamy caramel. Notes of cut herbs with balanced tannins and acidity. Notes of chewy red dessert wines and bitter chocolate and burnt sugar. The finish is long and tannic.