For over 115 years, Gordon & Macphail has worked to become the world’s leading malt whisky specialist---but they have pursued a somewhat different business model, choosing to purchase new make malt spirit from separate distilleries throughout Scotland and barrel aging and blending in their own cellars.
In many cases, when allowed, Gordon & Macphail elects to label the single malt scotch with the name of the distillery. For other bottlings they might label it as part of the Gordon & Macphail Connoisseur’s Collection or The Macphail's Collection.
It wasn’t until 1993 that Gordon & Macphail acquired their own distillery, when they purchased the old Benromach Distillery, the smallest distillery operating in Speyside. Benromach released their first single malt scotch in 1996.
Now the Gordon & Macphail company offers over 300 separate bottlings from both Benromach and their acquired whiskys, and most of the great distillery names appear in their selection list, with single malt scotches dating back to 1936.
Thanks to Vinum Importing, these scotches are now available in Oregon in small amounts. They can be accessed through the OLCC system, but most likely will be found in Portland area stores, specifically Hollywood, Hyland Hills, and Pearl Specialty.
During a recent tasting by Gordon & Macphail, the following scotches were tasted (see list):