Monday, April 29, 2019


Leading whisky specialist Gordon & MacPhail, has today announced the launch of the latest expression in their limited-edition Private Collection range.

Gordon & MacPhail 1981 from Coleburn Distillery (55.9% ABV) is a single malt Scotch whisky, which was distilled and laid down to mature on March 11th 1981, in a refill Sherry hogshead cask.
Gordon & MacPhail 1981 Coleburn Distillery

Mothballed in 1985, the Coleburn Distillery in Longmorm, was traditionally used in blending, but for this latest bottling Gordon & MacPhail carefully matched the spirit with a first fill Sherry hogshead, for a single malt release.

Commenting on the launch, Stephen Rankin, Gordon & MacPhail’s Director of Prestige and member of the fourth generation of the Urquhart family, said: “Our mantra has always been to ‘do right by the whisky’; recognising when it has reached its ultimate peak and then bottling it regardless of commercial pressures or notable birthdays.”

He went onto say: “Brought to you as a rare single malt, this 38-year-old release exhibits the true spirit of the Coleburn Distillery. My grandfather, George Urquhart, was always keen to champion the quality of the new-make from previously unheralded distilleries and this remarkable whisky perfectly exemplifies his vision. It’s one to celebrate and savour.”

Gordon & MacPhail 1981 from Coleburn Distillery, will be available next month from specialist retailers, for a RRP of £1,250.

Posted by Steve Rush