Gordon & Macphail’s new whiskeys come from old distilleries – Robb Report


Independent bottler Gordon & Macphail is known for its expensive, rare and ultra-aged scotches, but the whiskey in this new collection is literally the last of its kind. That’s because the new Recollection series consists of liquid from three ghost distilleries that closed decades ago. These bottles aren’t cheap, but consider it the price of admission for an unrepeatable glimpse into whiskey history.

Each whiskey is a single cask that has been aged in Gordon & Macphail’s own casks and comes from three unique demolished distilleries: St. Magdalene, Glen Mhor and Lochside. If these names are unfamiliar to you, you’re probably not alone. “Each remarkable expression is extremely rare and captures a unique moment in Scotland’s rich liquid heritage,” Gordon & Macphail chief operating officer Stuart Urquhart said in a press release. “After carefully assessing the progress of each spirit over the decades, we believe the time has finally come to reveal these iconic single malts. We hope the annual series will delight single malt enthusiasts eager to try something different. and irreplaceable.

There are three whiskeys in the Recollection series. The first is Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection 1982 from St. Magdalene Distillery ($3,499), a 39-year-old whiskey aged in an American hogshead refill. It is bottled at 54.8% ABV and there are only 165 bottles available. The distillery was located in Linlithgow, just outside Edinburgh, and closed permanently in 1983 after nearly 200 years in operation. The second is Glen Mhor Distillery’s 1982 Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection, a 40-year-old matured in a sherry hogshead refill. This whiskey was bottled at 50.8% ABV and there are 174 bottles. Glen Mhor was built in Inverness in 1892 and ran for less than a century before being demolished in 1986. Finally there is Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection 1981 from Lochside Distillery, another 40 year old matured in a sherry hogshead refill. This whiskey was bottled at 49.2% ABV and there are only 141 bottles. Initially Lochside was a brewery, producing beer from 1786 to 1957. Stills were installed on the site in 1961 until the 1990s, and the distillery was demolished in 2005.

These collectible whiskeys are just the latest addition to the single malt collections of Gordon & Macphail, a company that has been preserving and aging whiskey for over a century. Others include distillery labels, private collections and generations. Prices can fluctuate a bit depending on the market, but Scotch whiskey collectors probably won’t be scared off by the cost of these ghost distillery malts.


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