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A home-brewed Scottish delight enjoyed across the world

Submitted by on 27 Sep 2010 – 10:03

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By David Urquhart, Joint Managing Director of Gordon & MacPhail


Located in the city and Royal Burgh of Elgin, Scotland, is the family owned and managed firm of Gordon & MacPhail.   Established in 1895, Gordon & MacPhail has remained proudly independent and family owned throughout its long history.  The company’s iconic retail shop still thrives today on the site where the business began, and since those early days the business has grown into one of Scotland’s leading independent whisky specialists through wholesaling, bottling, distilling and exporting.  The company offers an “Own Label” service – allowing customers to choose their own blended whisky or single malt and bottle it with their own unique label.  Currently, Gordon & MacPhail bottles the House of Commons Blended Scotch Whisky and the Mr Speaker’s Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

Regarded as the ‘World’s Leading Malt Whisky Specialist’ the company has an impressive portfolio of over 300 whiskies which includes bottlings from 1936 right through to more recent vintages.  Gordon & MacPhail’s long established relationships with distillery owners throughout the country ensure casks are sent to the majority of Scotland’s working distilleries to be filled with ‘new-make’ spirit, which then mature for many years at the distillery of origin or in the company’s bonded warehouses.  The oak casks are carefully stowed and regularly checked until they finally achieve the highest quality standards.   .

On 11th March 2010, Gordon & MacPhail made history by launching Mortlach 70 Years Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky, the world’s oldest bottled single malt whisky.  Released under the ‘Gordon & MacPhail Generations’ brand name, the product epitomises the family values of the company, with each generation building on handing on a lifetime’s expertise to the next.

David Urquhart, Joint Managing Director of Gordon & MacPhail, explains: “It is this foresight and innovation adopted by my grandfather and father that has given Gordon & MacPhail the greatest selection of single malts anywhere in the world.  The third and fourth generations of the Urquhart family are very much custodians of this liquid history of Scotland.  The launch of the world’s oldest bottled single malt whisky was a very special moment for us, one we’ve literally been anticipating for generations.”

Exporting whiskies has always been an important part of Gordon & MacPhail’s history.  For over 90 years whiskies have left these shores for markets throughout world.  In 2009, Gordon & MacPhail was extremely proud to have been honoured with the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category, having achieved major growth in the export side of the business.

Today the company exports whiskies to over 50 markets worldwide, including USA, France, Japan, Germany, New Zealand, Taiwan and Russia.  The Export team from Gordon & MacPhail travels extensively throughout the world to support customers in selling a wide selection of Gordon & MacPhail products.

“As we are a family owned and managed business the development of strong, mutually beneficial relationships with our trade partners throughout the world is of paramount importance.  Many of our export partners are also family owned businesses who share similar values and all of our customers share a passion for single malt whisky,” says Mr Urquhart.

It was always the ambition of David and Michael’s grandfather and subsequent generations of the Urquhart family that one day Gordon & MacPhail would own and manage a distillery of its own.  This dream became a reality in 1993 when the company purchased Benromach Distillery in Forres.  At the time the distillery was virtually derelict, and all the fixtures and fittings had been ripped out and sold by the previous owners.  Drawing upon generations of expertise in the whisky industry, Benromach was carefully re-equipped ready to recommence operation before HRH Prince Charles officially reopened it in 1998.

Contact Gordon & MacPhail on 01343 545 111 or visit www.gordonandmacphail.com for further information.