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Up until the 1990s, only a 12 year old bottling was available on the market. But in 1994 a new bottle was introduced with a round and full shape, proudly harbouring within a 1979 vintage. This vintage expression pays testament to the vision of Berry Bros & Rudd, a company known for the quality of its cask selection, a process over which it takes particular care. This bold action brought into question the very concept of age, behind which the majority of single malts hide, and questioned consumers’ perception of the link between a whisky’s age and its aromatic maturity. However, although the year of distillation is important, it is the choice of casks (mostly Spanish wood) that has the biggest influence on the aromatic profile of its “vintage” years, each one with a different balance of spice, citrus and oak.
This independent bottler is without a doubt one of the most highly acclaimed in Scotland. It stands out, not for its age (though it is the oldest independent bottler in Scotland), but for its complete mastery of cask ageing. Gordon & MacPhail is the only bottler to have its own casks - carefully chosen for the purpose - filled by the distilleries themselves, instead of simply buying the ones suggested to them by the latter. This allows it to determine, in advance and with great precision, exactly how many years a whisky will need to reach ideal maturation.
A small, exclusive range of single malt bottlings, The MacPhail’s Collection includes whiskies from the Bunnahabhain, Glen Scotia, Glenglassaugh, Glenrothes, Glenglassaugh, Glenturret, Highland Park and Tamdhu distilleries. Whereas previously there were a lot of bottlings of very old whiskies, the range has now been completely renewed, with new labels, which show vintages or simple statements of age, and focus on younger single malts, such as Bunnahabhain 2004 or Highland Park aged 8 years