Gordon & MacPhail celebrates 50 years of ‘Connoisseurs Choice’

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of its ‘Connoisseurs Choice’ range, family-owned whisky creator Gordon & MacPhail is introducing a series of single malts aged 30 years and above.

George Urquhart,second-generation member of the Urquhart family that owns Gordon & MacPhail, first pioneered the ‘Connoisseurs Choice’ range in 1968 at a time when very few whiskies were bottled as single malts.

Presenting these new releases as a range effectively invented a category in a market which, up to then, had been dominated by blends.

Over the past five decades, almost 100 of Scotland’s distilleries have been represented across more than 2,000 separate bottlings under the ‘Connoisseurs Choice’ banner.

The new series of ‘Connoisseurs Choice’ releases is aged to a minimum of 30 years and features single malts from distilleries such as Mortlach, Caol Ila and Linkwood, among others.

Available in decanter-style bottles inside engraved wooden presentation boxes, each whisky has been selected for bottling by associate director of whisky supply, and grandson of George, Stuart Urquhart.

The premium expressions are complemented by 30 further ‘Connoisseurs Choice’ single malts. Matured in Gordon & MacPhail casks in small batches, all are non-chill filtered and bottled at natural colour.

Stephen Rankin, director of prestige and a fourth-generation member of the Urquhart family, owners of Gordon & MacPhail, said: “We’re proud to be the curators of Scotland’s liquid library – the world’s most diverse stock of single malt whiskies.

“When my grandfather first launched ‘Connoisseurs Choice’ in the 1960s, he was considered eccentric for taking such an approach. Today, he is heralded as one of the industry’s pioneers having provided whisky lovers with the opportunity to explore many whiskies never readily available as single malts.

“Our new releases celebrate this proud heritage, presenting unique expressions from revered distilleries that will appeal to a wide range of tastes around the world.”

Gordon & MacPhail is also releasing three new expressions in its new ‘Discovery’ range, designed as “an ideal starting point” for whisky drinkers to explore the wide diversity of flavours that exist within single malt scotch.

Under the ‘Discovery’ banner, Gordon & MacPhail groups new expressions in three distinct colour-coded profiles: Smoky, Sherry and Bourbon. The latest releases are from the Ledaig, Bunnahabhain and Tomatin distilleries.

Prices for the new ‘Connoisseurs Choice’ releases start at approximately £75.00 RSP, rising to around £500 for the premium expressions. Whiskies in the ‘Discovery’ range retail at £50.

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