Gordon & Macphail Glenlivet 80 y.o.

Profile Single Malt
Region Speyside, Scotland
Body Cask Strength

Undeniably one of the ultimate whisky experiences currently on the planet. A legendary Glenlivet single malt from independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail.

On 3rd February 1940 in a quiet corner in the north of Scotland, George Urquhart and his father, John, had the extraordinary foresight and vision to lay down spirit from Glenlivet Distillery in a bespoke Gordon & MacPhail cask to be enjoyed by future generations.

On 5th February 2020, leaning on the unique skill and experience acquired by over more than 125 years, the decision was taken to finally bottle the cask’s precious out-turn of 250 decanters.

Its eye-catching Glencairn crystal decanter was designed by internationally acclaimed architect and designer, Sir David Adjaye OBE, and comes presented in a stunning pavilion oak case from Wardour Workshops.

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Tasting Notes

On the nose
A complex, mellow nose-feel, still vivacious after all these years. Top notes of almond oil, scented hand-soap, backed by sandalwood and gorse flowers on a warm day. A whiff of peat-smoke in the empty glass.
On the palate
An oily texture, and lightly sweet to start (dates, salted plums, figs), drying elegantly (traces of dry Oloroso Sherry), towards a lengthy menthol finish. Drop of water increases spiciness.