Gordon and MacPhail present 50 yo Caol Ila and 64 yo Glenlivet

The oldest Caol Ila Single Malt Whisky ever bottled

Independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail launches two very exclusive editions of the redesigned Private Collection. In an actual press release that was published today the Gordon & MacPhail 1968 Caol Ila and the Gordon & MacPhail 1954 Glenlivet are presented.

The old and rare single malts for this Private Collection series are selected by members of the Urquhart Family, the owners of Gordon & MacPhail. Stuart Urquhart, Associate Director of Whisky Supply, is the lucky one that had the honor to choose the whisky for these two new releases.

Gordon & MacPhail 1968 Caol Ila

The 50 years old Caol Ila Single Malt is the oldest Caol Ila that was ever bottled. It was matured in a refill Sherry hogshead and after this long time it still retained 52,5% ABV. 199 handmade decanters were filled and will be sold worldwide in also handmade wooden boxes.

Colour: Dark gold.

Aroma: Delicate wisps of peat smoke combine with aromas of honey-cured meats and vanilla pods. Fruitcake-laden notes of nuts, raisins, and plump sultanas develop. A hint of menthol runs throughout. Undertones of zesty citrus and aromatic lemongrass linger.

Taste: A refined and subtle, yet warming, spice opens into raspberry, cranberry, and sweet baked apple flavours. Thick cut Seville orange marmalade and gentle Sherry influences develop with time. Mature oak notes add a slightly drying character.

Finish: A lingering finish of smouldering bonfire embers combine delicately with lemon zest and charred oak.

Gordon & MacPhail 1954 Glenlivet

Matured in a refill Sherry butt with the number 1412 this 64 years old Glenlivet presents 41% ABV. 222 decanters are offered in the exclusive wooden packaging.

Colour: Dark gold.

Aroma: Initially sweet with hints of brown sugar and toffee apple; light herbal aromas evolve into candy notes. Traces of cinnamon and aniseed add depth whilst sweetness arrives from lemon curd, and vanilla undertones. Aromatic fresh-roasted coffee beans balance orange zest.

Taste: Silky, smooth and intense golden syrup mingles with stewed fruit and rum and raisin. Touches of dark chocolate complement the delicate Sherry flavours. Sweet brown sugar remains whilst hints of walnut add a slightly drying aspect.

Finish: A refined and elegant dram with a black peppercorn and lingering mature oak finish.