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Connoisseurs Choice

In the 1960s George Urquhart, one of the first of four generations of the Urquhart family to shape the future of Gordon & MacPhail, pioneered a range of single malt Scotch whiskies, which he selected, matured, and bottled. In doing so, he effectively invented a category in a market previously focused entirely on blended whiskies.

The 'Connoisseurs Choice' range broke innovative new ground, giving a platform to many of Scotland’s single malt distilleries from across all regions, some of which had never before been bottled as a single malt.

Over the past five decades, we have maintained our belief that every distillery has a personality of its own. The collection of whiskies in the 'Connoisseurs Choice' range is constantly evolving, aiming always to highlight the unique characteristics of the individual distilleries.

The 'Connoisseurs Choice' collection brings together rare and sought after single malts from some of Scotland’s longest established distilleries; we mature and bottle spirit from distilleries as diverse as Caol Ila on the island of Islay to Strathmill in Speyside.

The range also highlights the output of Scotland’s newer distilleries, such as our releases from the Isle of Arran distillery.

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Our Story

A unique collection of consistently intriguing single malts.

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Our Ranges

Welcome to our family of whiskies

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Our Philosophy

The wood makes the whisky

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Our Spiritual Home

Proudly trading since 1895, the Elgin South Street Retail Shop is the genesis of the company today.

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