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gordon & Macphail generations 75 year old mortlach

Late last year, Gordon & MacPhail released what is now the oldest bottled whisky: the Generations Series’ third single malt, a 75-year old Mortlach that dates back to 1939, when John Urquhart filled an oloroso sherry butt with new spirit from the Speyside distillery.

The whisky – which features distinctive notes of dried apricots and vanilla and hints of spice – is presented in a teardrop-shaped crystal decanter that is numbered and etched with 75 swirling cuts, one for each year of maturation. Gordon & MacPhail have released only 100 decanters, packaged in a leather travel bag with a pair of crystal glasses to match. The whisky also comes with a book written by Charles Maclean and Alexander McCall Smith that recounts tales of Scotland, whisky and the people who produced this rare single malt.

The bottle is exceptional not because of it age, but also because of its producer. For many connoisseurs and collectors, a whisky bottled by Gordon & MacPhail is a precious commodity. The company, which was founded by James Gordon and Jon Alexander MacPhail in 1895 has been owned by the Urquhart family since 1915, specialising in bottling rare single malts sourced from a range of Scottish distilleries.


In 2010, it released a 70-year old Mortlach, which was the initial release in the Generations Series, followed by a 70-year old Glenlivet from 1940. The name of the series refers to the generations of the Urquhart family who stewarded the spirits before they were bottled.

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Published February 24, 2016
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