Gordon & MacPhail releases final  1959 single cask to honour the legacy of 'Mr George'

Gordon & MacPhail releases final 1959 single cask to honour the legacy of 'Mr George'

A sherry butt filled with spirit from Glen Grant Distillery has been chosen for the third whisky in a series that honours George Urquhart.

News | 18 Apr 2023

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Matured for more than six decades, the Mr George Legacy 1959 from Glen Grant Distillery is the latest old and rare release from family-owned whisky company Gordon & MacPhail.

This is the third bottling in a series honouring George Urquhart, aka ‘Mr George’, who joined his father, John, at the family business ninety years ago in 1933. Throughout his career, Mr George became a key advocate of single malt whisky at a time when most whisky was used for blending purposes. The last 'Mr George' whisky was a 64-year-old Glen Grant bottled in November 2021.

Now in its 128th year of operation, Gordon & MacPhail is one of Scotch whisky's most revered and respected independent bottlers. Breaking its own records on three occasions, the Elgin-based whisky company has released the oldest Scotch whisky ever bottled: whiskies from Mortlach at 70 and 75 years old, and an 80-year-old Glenlivet. All were part of its 'Generations' collection.

Mr George Legacy 1959 from Glen Grant Distillery

Cask no. 3665 is a first-fill sherry butt and was filled with spirit from Glen Grant Distillery on Thursday 15th October 1959. Just 368 bottles, at cask strength of 56.5% ABV, are available for RRP £6,499*. Distilled when Glen Grant still produced a lightly peated spirit using directly fired stills, the whisky offers a glimpse of a traditional style of Speyside single malt.

Stuart Urquhart, grandson of Mr George and Gordon & MacPhail’s Operations Director, said: “Ninety years ago, my grandfather, Mr George, joined Gordon & MacPhail as an apprentice to his father, John, and his philosophy and principles live on through the business today.

“Mr George’s attention to detail and unwavering commitment to quality remain the foundation stones of our business, along with a forward-looking approach and refusal to bow to convention. This greatly aged single malt whisky is a fitting tribute to this ethos.”
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