Wednesday, October 16, 2019


Gordon & MacPhail, has today announced launch of a new 62 Year Old, limited-edition bottling, to honour George Urquhart, member of the second generation of the company’s owning family, in what would have been his centenary year.

Gordon & MacPhail Mr George Centenary Edition 1956 from Glen Grant Distillery (51.7% ABV) was laid down to mature in a first fill Sherry Butt, which was hand selected by Mr George Urquhart himself, on 13 December 1956.

Gordon & MacPhail Mr George Centenary Edition 1956 from Glen Grant Distillery

Joining the business in 1933, George Urquhart began his career working alongside his father, John, who had become sole owner of the company in 1915, after John Alexander MacPhail’s retirement and James Gordon’s passing.

George Urquhart, went on to develop a deep understanding of Scotch whisky, especially the unique interaction that occurs over time between spirit and cask. He was instrumental to the success of single malt, championing it at a time when the vast majority of whisky went towards the production of blends.

Over many decades George Urquhart forged new relationships with many of Scotland’s distillers and became arguably the world’s foremost expert in how to combine oak, spirit and time to create single malt whiskies.

Commenting on the news, Mr George’s Grandson Stephen Rankin, Gordon & MacPhail’s Director of Prestige, said: “My grandfather’s drive, commitment and foresight helped to ensure that single malt Scotch whisky grew in popularity. His introduction of the Connoisseurs Choice range in 1968 was a landmark moment for the sector, launched as several new export markets opened and growth in demand for single malts came from countries including Italy.”

He went onto say: “Our specially selected Mr George Centenary Edition embodies the qualities that made Mr George a master of his craft; patience, depth of character and exquisite taste. Not only was Glen Grant one of his favourite drams, the year 1956 is especially significant as this was the year George became Senior Partner at Gordon & MacPhail, marking the first step in a new direction for the company.”

Limited to just 235 bottles, Gordon & MacPhail Mr George Centenary Edition 1956 from Glen Grant Distillery, will be available later this month, from selected specialist retailers, for a RRP of £5000,00.

Posted by Steve Rush