Gordon & MacPhail bottles Glenlivet whiskiesBy Nicola Carruthers
Independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail has unveiled seven Glenlivet whiskies to mark the release of its oldest single malt Scotch to date.
Gordon & MacPhail will release an 80-year-old whisky from The Glenlivet Distillery next month, when the price of the expression will also be revealed.
Ahead of the release of Generations 80 Years Old, Gordon & MacPhail has debuted seven Glenlivet bottlings across two of its ranges – Private Collection and Connoisseurs Choice.
“Glenlivet’s style of spirit is often highlighted as a classic example from Speyside – smooth, light, fruity and slightly floral. Spirit from Glenlivet can withstand long-term ageing, managing to retain its delicate character,” said Stuart Urquhart, operations director and fourth-generation member of the Urquhart family.
“It is imperative for us to select quality casks, made to our exacting specifications, to ensure the spirit is not overpowered. Typically, we use Sherry casks for spirit earmarked for long-term maturation, with Bourbon casks deployed for shorter-term expressions although there are always exceptions to the rule.”
Urquhart said the new expressions provide drinkers with the opportunity to taste Gordon & MacPhail bottlings across various price points.
As part of its Private Collection, Gordon & MacPhail has released a 1975 whisky aged in refill Sherry hogshead, a 1976 expression matured in refill American hogshead, a 1976 bottling aged in first-fill Sherry hogshead, and a 1980 whisky aged in refill American hogshead.
Priced at £1,750 (US$2,434), the 1975 whisky is described as having blackcurrant aromas, and notes of dark chocolate and bitter orange on the palate.
Meanwhile, the 1976 bottling aged in refill American hogshead offers lemon peel and green apple on the nose, with hints of white chocolate and leather on the palate.
The 1976 whisky aged in first-fill Sherry casks offers ‘rich Sherry aromas’ and ‘flavours of strewed red berries’. The 1976 whiskies are both priced at an RRP of £1,500 (US$2,086).
The 1980 bottling has a tropical nose and Seville orange and lemon zest on the palate. It is available to buy for £1,250 (US$1,739).
The Connoisseurs range has welcomed a 1993 whisky matured in a refill American hogshead, and 2003 and 2004 bottlings that have both aged in refill Bourbon barrels.
Priced at £265 (US$369), the 1993 expression provides desiccated coconut and dried banana on the nose, along with tropical fruit and grapefruit on the palate.
The 2003 bottling offers an aroma of pineapple, Seville orange and nut, while the palate brings hints of pears, grapefruit and white pepper. It is priced at £127 (US$177).
Finally, the 2004 whisky offers a nose of green apples and tropical fruit, leading to pineapple, mango and flambéed banana on the palate. It is available to buy for £104 (US$145).