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At the turn of the 20th Century if you had entered Gordon & MacPhail's 'centrical and commodious premises' in South Street, Elgin to buy whisky, you would have brought an empty bottle to be filled from a very large whisky jar.

mac2000.jpg (65916 bytes)It is fitting then that at the end of this Century and to recognise the new Millennium, Gordon & MacPhail have made available replicas of the ceramic jars once used in their premises. The whisky jars are now available to those who appreciate a sense of occasion, a sense of history and a 'nose' for whisky. Each of these jars contains 2 litres from vattings of single malts from every whisky region in Scotland, and every island. The oldest single malt used is a 60 year old and should you add up the vintages, you would find they come to 2000. Every decade from the 1930's to the present day is represented within the whisky jars. Each 'jar' is numbered and a certificate in the 'old-style' wooden packing case confirms the limited edition of 500. If you wish to sample "MacPhail's 2000", miniatures are available, but only 2000 have been bottled. The design, packaging, labelling, filling and of course production of this unique presentation of single malts have all taken place in Scotland.


quaich1.jpg (35246 bytes)One year on from UK Sales Director, David Urquhart's admission to the "Keepers of the Quaich", Ian Urquhart, Managing Director and Michael Urquhart, Finance and Export Director have similarly been recognised as making positive contributions to the international success of Scotch Whisky. The Ceremony took place in April, earlier this year in the Banqueting Hall of Blair Castle, ancestral home of the Dukes of Atholl.




quaich2.jpg (45119 bytes)George Urquhart, Chairman of Gordon & MacPhail, was inducted into the ‘Keepers of the Quaich’ at a special ceremony recently. Visiting Elgin, James Espey, Chairman of the ‘Keepers of the Quaich’, paid fulsome tribute to Mr Urquhart’s outstanding contribution over a period of 60 years in sustaining and promoting the finest qualities of Scotland’s premier export.

This prestigious institution with more than 1000 members worldwide was established over 10 years ago to advance the standing and prosperity of Scotch Whisky. The centrepiece of ‘Keeper’ ceremonies - a splendidly crafted silver quaich 2 feet diameter, set on burr elm - can be seen by visitors at Blair Castle, Perthshire.

It is fitting also that following the purchase in 1993 by Gordon & MacPhail and the re-opening in October 1998 of Benromach Distillery, that George Urquhart’s role in supporting Scotch whisky should be recognised by the industry in which he has played a significant part.

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