Gordon & Macphail Distillery Labels Glenburgie 21 Year Old
Gordon & Macphail Distillery Labels Glenburgie 21 Year Old, is an older Speyside single malt bottled in the Distillery Labels series by the independent bottler Gordon & Macphail. This Glenburgie matured in refill sherry butts and was bottled at 43% ABV, non chill filtered and with no added colour. It was laid to rest in refill sherry hogsheads before being bottled in 2018 as part of the refreshed Distillery Labels ranges, featuring an old school, retro-styled label. Most Glenburgie spirit is used for Chivas blends but thanks to G&M, we get the opportunity to sample a true Glenburgie after 21 glorious years of fruity layering and complexity.
The history of this ‘Distillery Labels’ range heralds back to G&M’s very beginnings and the strong working relationships they had with distillery owners. G&M would bottle and sell the spirit the distilleries created as single malt on the condition that G&M used their ‘house’ label with the caption “bottled by Gordon & MacPhail”. These relationships have culminated in today’s ‘Distillery Labels’ – a showcase of historical/retro label design.
Gordon & MacPhail is an independent bottler of Scotch whiskyand distillery owner, famous for its richly diverse range of bottlings from some of the most notable distilleries in Scotland.
The business was founded in 1895 as a grocer and wine and spirit merchant in Elgin in the northeast of Scotland. In 1915, former apprentice John Urquhart, took over full control of the business. More than a century later, Gordon & MacPhail remains a family business. The range extends to several hundred expressions from around 70 different distilleries, including Glenlivet, Glenrothes and Talisker. The company has gained global attention in recent years by releasing two 70-year-old single malts, one from Mortlach in 2010, and another from Glenlivet in 2012.
In 1993, the company purchased Benromach Distillery at Forres, in Speyside, which had closed 10 years before. It reopened in 1998, with the first bottlings in 2004.