Gordon & MacPhail celebrates its Private Collection range with a new look

Gordon & MacPhail has unveiled a new look for its Private Collection range
By Phoebe Calver
The first releases in the Private Collection's 'new look' range comprise whisky from Inverleven Distillery and a 44-year-old single malt distilled at Glenrothes Distillery.

Gordon & MacPhail sent Cask 562, a refill bourbon barrel, to the Inverleven Distillery in 1985, located within the Scottish Lowlands. The site was demolished in 2002, never to produce again. This single malt had matured for 33 years before being bottled at cask strength (ABV 57.4%). It retails for £1,000* (RRP).

Among Gordon & MacPhail’s stocks are casks from no fewer than 26 closed Scotch distilleries. The second ‘Private Collection’ release dates back to 1974 when a refill sherry puncheon was filled at Glenrothes Distillery in Speyside. The whisky has an ABV of 49.5% and retails at £1,250* (RRP).

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, said: “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.”