Latest update: November 25th 2007
GORDON & MACPHAIL PICTURES
When visiting Elgin, you have to visit the Gordon & MacPhail shop. Let there be no misunderstanding, Gordon & MacPhail is a delicatessen shop and maybe some 25% of their shop is whisky. But, even knowing this their heritage in the whisky world is huge. Gordon & MacPhail was bottling single malt whiskies at a time, when everyone had only saw it as a means for blending. This makes that Gordon & MacPhail has a huge range of old malts available. This is not only with regards to their shop, but also still in their warehouse are a few old casks left. The warehouse is built up part as a racking and partly as a dunnage system, and there are some gems still waiting to be bottled.
Gordon & MacPhail saw the possibilities of single malt. This makes that they even now, while there are huge amounts of different malts available, are still a major player in the whisky business. A visit to their shop and warehouse, makes clear that they are still going strong and that there is still some more in store.
Just like some of the other independent bottlers Gordon & MacPhail decided to go into the distilling business. They are now owners of Benromach distillery and of course that shows when you visit the Gordon & MacPhail store.
Visiting the warehouse, you find also the bottling line. The regular bottle is filled on an automated line, the other bottles are still filled by hand. A huge warehouse with boxes of spirits is also available as Gordon & MacPhail is also a wholesale business.
When getting to the office of export manager Derek Hancock, you could imagine that it is a nice job to work at Gordon & MacPhail. His whisky cabinet is quite impressive. Only to bad that he isn’t allowed to drink on his job, so that was the part that I had to take care of.