Gordon & MacPhail wins two prestigious Industry Accolades

Family-owned Scotch malt whisky specialist Gordon & MacPhail is celebrating a double award win after receiving two top accolades in the prestigious Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2017.

Conceived by F. Paul Pacult, one of the world’s leading spirits experts, the Ultimate Spirits Challenge is widely considered to be the platinum standard for spirits competitions and is held annually in its own dedicated evaluation centre in New York State.

Over 800 entries from more than 46 countries were judged and scored on the 100-point scale by spirit industry experts including award winning authors, buyers, journalists, educators, and bar owners.

From the ‘Distillery Labels’ range, Gordon & MacPhail’s Linkwood 15 Years Old Speyside single malt Scotch whisky, a ‘Finalist’ in its category, was rated ‘Extraordinary’ by the judges. They commended the delightfully complex nose and luxurious mouthfeel of the 95 point scoring whisky with an ‘Ultimate Recommendation.’

A fresh and fragrant dram with heavy sherry influences, Gordon & MacPhail’s Linkwood 15 Years Old is a well-balanced, mouth-warming and sweet malt whisky with hints of ground black pepper. Very smooth and creamy, with a delicate spicy edge, its popularity has seen it build a loyal following both in Scotland and abroad.

From the carefully selected ‘MacPhail’s Collection’ range, Gordon & MacPhail’s Highland Park 8 Years Old Orkney single malt Scotch whisky scored 94 points, was ‘Highly Recommended’ by the judges, and received a ‘Great Value’ award.

The judging panel described this exciting dram as an ‘interesting, younger sampling of a true classic’ and commended its mango, nectarine, stewed plum, and smoky vanilla on the nose. With fruit cocktail, campfire smoke, black pepper, and a touch of brown spice on the palate, it is a complex, balanced and intriguing malt whisky.

Richard Urquhart, Regional Sales Manager and a member of the fourth generation of the Urquhart family who own Gordon & MacPhail, said: “Receiving these awards from some of the industry’s most influential experts demonstrates our expertise in the selection of the finest casks for whisky maturation and is testament to the hard work and dedication of every individual who works 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.”

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2014

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2013

The Queen's Award for Enterprise for International Trade

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