Gordon & MacPhail and the lost gems from a bygone era

Gordon & MacPhail, located in the north-east of Scotland in the heart of the world famous whisky producing region of Speyside. Gordon & MacPhail is an independent family owned and managed firm which has been bottling Single Malt Whiskies for over 120 years.

I’ve tasted five amazing award-winning whiskies and captured the lost gems from a bygone era of single malt Scotch whisky production.

The wood that makes the whisky.

Let’s go to the tasting notes of a great range of whisky with each their own unique character.

Gordon & MacPhail Rare Vintage Strathisla 1960 – 43% (bottled 14-06-2012)

  • Color: Dark amber
  • Nose: Vanilla, spicy, peach, oranges, honey, raisins, strawberries, tropical hints and combination of wet and dry salty sand
  • Taste: White pepper, cinnamon, sticky, peach, warm apples, pear, citrus, lemon, raisins and blue berries.
  • Finish: Sweet, soft and kicking

Strathisla is located in Keith, Speyside and was founded in 1786. It is the oldest distillery in Northern Scotland and still operational. 

Gordon & MacPhail Glenury Royal 1984 – 46% (bottled 26-10-2012)

  • Color: Pale gold
  • Nose: Sweet, vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, oranges, tropical, soft pineapple, lemon juice
  • Taste: Spicy, peppers, smooth oranges, stickiness, a bit oily, mango, warm, fresh and spicy tones of white pepper with a minty touch
  • Finish: Oily, warm and sticky

Glenury Royal, was located in Stonehaven, Highland and was founded in 1825. Unfortunately the distillery was demolished in 1985.

Gordon & MacPhail Rare Old Glenesk 1980 – 46% (bottled 30-07-2014)

  • Color: Light gold
  • Nose: Strong peppers, caramel, raisins, strawberries, raspberries, lime, squeezed lemon, cinnamon, oranges and hints of soft grapefruit
  • Taste: Fresh, a bi bitter, almonds, chocolate, peach, raisins, lime, warm lemon juice, oranges
  • Finish: Long and lovely warm

The Glenesk Distillery is located in Montrose, Highland and was founded in 1898. The distillery is no loger in production and is closed. 

Gordon & MacPhail Glen Grant 1957 – 40% (bottled 26-04-2011)

  • Color: Golden brown
  • Nose: Grapefruit, cinnamonpowder, spicy, lemonade, fresh oranges with a squeeze of lemon, lime and mintleafs
  • Taste: A lot of fruit, an explosion of anis, lemon, peach, marzipan, green peppers, oranges, brown sugar, lime, sherrynotes and sultanas
  • Finish: Warm, fresh and lingering

Glen Grant is located in Rothes, Speyside and was founded in 1840.

Gordon & MacPhail Convalmore 1975 – 46% (bottled 18-2-2015)

  • Color: Amber gold
  • Nose: Very spicy, a lot of green and red pepper, garlic, honey, lemon, green apples, nutmeg, salty edges and sherry notes
  • Taste: Bomb of spices, fresh oranges, honey, lemon peel, salty tones, complexity of peppers, strawberries and ripe peach
  • Finish: Warm and spicy with a fresh bite

Convalmore was located in Dufftown, Speyside and was founded in 1893. It was mothballed in 1985 and closedm unfortunately,.

This was an amazing range to nose and taste, when you think that many of these whiskies will never be available again. I might hold on to these bottles, for a snif here and there.

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