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The perfect match

We know the casks from inside out

Since 1895 Gordon & MacPhail has bottled whisky from the majority of Scotland’s distilleries. However, where others simply bottle whisky, we focus on maturing it. Using the most valuable tool we have, our experience, we understand casks from the inside out.

Every cask in our portfolio has a fate. Each one is thoughtfully combined with a specific clear new make spirit to create a complex, subtle and balanced whisky, be it eight years old or seventy-five years old. It is this awareness of our casks coupled with our knowledge of the diverse spirits made by the different distilleries across Scotland, which guarantees the highest quality for every whisky in our range.

At the very heart of our business lies the sample room, its contents the sum of over 125 years of experience in maturing and bottling iconic single malt Scotch whiskies, found nowhere else in the world.

Our unrivalled collection is a liquid library of distilleries, age profiles and whisky character.

But these exceptional snapshots in time are not heirlooms there to impress. They exist to help inform and shape our future decision-making. Generations before us have maintained this invaluable legacy of knowledge, which allows us to continue its precise understanding of the effect of perfect maturation in oak casks.

Referring back to these unique expressions of the past ensures that our legacy of great whiskies can continue, as each future sample we place on our shelves becomes a valuable piece of history.

Despite a change in the law requiring all Sherry to be bottled in Spain, we have continued to reinforce our strong relationships with the bodegas. We visit our long-standing friends in Jerez regularly to continue hand selecting our casks, the same way we have always done.

We have also maintained our historical association with the Speyside Cooperage in Craigellachie, which lies just ten miles down the road from us. Highly experienced coopers are responsible for providing us with the very best quality ex-bourbon casks made from American Oak.