Scotland’s Malt whisky specialist Gordon & MacPhail is toasting success after receiving top accolades in two of the world’s spirits competitions.
Gordon & MacPhail’s Rare Vintage Glen Grant 1954 single malt received a double gold award, the highest medal available, in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) after impressing forty-three spirit experts who judged a record-breaking 2,100 entries.
Earlier this month, the same whisky won a gold medal at the 2017 International Spirits Challenge (ISC), one of the premier events in the spirits calendar. The competition receives more than 1,300 entries from nearly 70 countries worldwide.
A beautifully full bodied, after dinner dram, matured in a first fill Sherry cask, Gordon & MacPhail’s Rare Vintage Glen Grant 1954 is bursting with fruity aromas and flavours. Deliciously smooth with hints of red apples and aromas of aniseed, its mild spices give way to flavours of fresh grapefruit and lemon.
David King, International Sales Director, said: “Receiving these awards from some of the industry’s most influential experts is testament our expertise in the selection of the finest casks for whisky maturation and acknowledgement of the hard work and dedication of everyone at Gordon & MacPhail.
“Since 1895, we have been carefully matching each cask to the new-make spirit before nurturing and maturing our whiskies into unique single malts. It is a craft that we have passed down through the generations. We are committed to seeking out and lovingly maturing unique spirits into an exciting portfolio of expressions to be enjoyed by whisky drinkers worldwide.”
Launched in 2000, the San Francisco World Spirits Competitions has become one of the most influential competitions in the spirits calendar due to the integrity and impartiality of the judging process. Scored by leading figures from across the industry, each sample is blind tested without producer or price point information being revealed.
Now in its twenty-second year, the International Spirits Challenge has built its reputation on a rigorous and independent judging process with experts drawn from across the industry to blind-taste the samples over seven days.
About Gordon & MacPhail
Gordon & MacPhail is an independent, family-owned Scotch whisky specialist which has been based in Elgin, Moray, since 1895. Four generations of the Urquhart family have continued the tradition of seeking out the best and rarest Scotch whiskies.
Since its foundation, Gordon & MacPhail’s policy has been to send casks to distilleries throughout Scotland, fill them with new-make spirit, and mature them either at the distillery of origin or in the firm’s own bonded warehouses in Elgin.
Gordon & MacPhail exports to more than 60 countries. It offers more than 300 presentations of own-bottled single malts. In 2009, Gordon & MacPhail was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade; an honour that was bestowed on the business again in 2013 with a visit from HRH The Princess Royal.
In 2015 Gordon & MacPhail made history by bottling the oldest cask ever released – a 75-Year-Old Mortlach, distilled in 1939.