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In the world of independent bottlers there are many names and labels, but few are more recognizable or reliable than Gordon & MacPhail. One of their most recent releases to hit LCBO shelves was a "Distillery Label" edition of single malt Scotch whisky from one of Speyside's old guard distilleries, Glen Grant. The Distillery Label series is a testament to the enduring relationship between Gordon & MacPhail and the industry. In the past, they partnered with distilleries to "officially" bottle the whisky under license and used a unique distillery label for each client. Today, these relationships with distillers allows Gordon & MacPhail to bottle whiskies at various ages, strengths and vintages that may differ from the "house range;" with each bottle bearing their traditional label design from those early days.
Bottled at 40% ABV, the whisky was distilled in 2003 and then matured in ex-bourbon casks until 2014. With this bottling Gordon & MacPhail have produced an expression that is more or less in line with Glen Grant's house style but, at an atypical 11 years old, it exists outside of the distillery's core age ranges.