Following on from its summer launch
, Speyside-based bottler House of Hazelwood
has today unveiled the Autumn Collection, a collection of eight rare and old Scotch whiskies. The expressions in the collection are hand-selected from the once-private collection of the Gordon family.
The eight whiskies have been released across two ranges: The Charles Gordon Collection and The Legacy Collection.
Perhaps the rarest within the collection is the 1963 release A Singular Blend, with just 74 bottles available worldwide as part of The Charles Gordon Collection The expression comprises grain and malt components distilled with the very same distillery as production 58 years ago. Its RRSP is priced at £4,900.
Other whiskies part of The Charles Gordon Collection include The Old Confectioner’s, a 44-year-old blended malt priced at £3,000, The Next Chapter, a 50-year-old priced at £4,000 and The Unknown, a 44-year-old priced at £3,000.
Marketing director Jonathan Gibson commented on the release: "Our Autumn Collection speaks not only to the breadth and depth of the inventory that we are privileged to work with but also to the character of those family-members who built the stocks over the course of generations. These are truly remarkable liquids; the consequence of remarkable thinking, of brave decision-making and the luxury of time that private family ownership brings. No whisky exemplifies this more than A Singular Blend – a rare composition, unheard of at this age with a truly outstanding character that makes it at once a joy to drink and a treasure to collect."
The Legacy collection meanwhile included expressions titled: A Breath of Fresh Air; A Trail of Smoke; The Eight Grain and The Lowlander. The latter is priced at the lowest of all eight whiskies, with an RRSP of £950, while the highest in this set is A Trail of Smoke, priced at £1,900.
Whisky expert Charles Maclean sampled the new collection and commented: "These are tremendous whiskies – greatly aged, complex, outstanding on the palate. However, what really sets them apart are the stories behind them. Every bottle is an invitation into the Gordon family’s ways of working – a very personal connection to a different era, a different mindset. We should be in no doubt that these whiskies are heirlooms and none more so than the 1963 release A Singular Blend. To see a whisky of such provenance available to purchase is a remarkable thing – and for those lucky enough to try it, the liquid character is breath-taking."
The Autumn collection is available exclusively for pre-order at House of Hazelwood’s website
. A Singular Blend is limited to House of Hazelwood keyholders and existing buyers due to its very limited supply.