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Strathisla 1963 Gordon and MacPhail 48 Year Old 'Book of Kells' / The Whisky Fair, Limburg

Lot: 6133527

Strathisla 1963 Gordon and MacPhail 48 Year Old 'Book of Kells' / The Whisky Fair, Limburg

Winning Bid: £2,304

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48 Year Old
Gordon & MacPhail
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1st Fill Sherry Butt
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Strathisla 1963 Gordon and MacPhail 48 Year Old 'Book of Kells' / The Whisky Fair, Limburg

Speyside's oldest operating distillery, Strathisla was founded in 1786 as Milltown, and later renamed Milton in 1890. The distillery was an early advocate of its single malt, which it sold under the brand name, Strathisla, after the river that runs past the site. Strathisla single malt was bottled as early as the late 19th century, and proved very popular. None-the-less, by the 1940s it was struggling, needing rescued by Canadian giants, Seagram, who bought it in 1950, renaming it Strathisla the following year, and tasking it as a key contributor to its Chivas blends. Despite this, the single malt brand remained a core part of the business, and remains so to this day.

Seagram licensed the distillery’s single malt brand to their Chivas Brothers blending operation, but also to Gordon & MacPhail in the 1960 and 1970s. It is the latter’s bottles that are far more prominent. This good standing with the distillery has furnished the Elgin-based independent firm with a steady supply of high-quality casks, and subsequently, high-quality releases.

A single cask bottling, this is part of their iconic Book of Kells Series, bearing label art based on the mediaeval, illuminated manuscript for which the series is named. It was distilled on 21st February 1963 and aged in first fill sherry butt #576 before being bottled on 24th March 2011, exclusively for the Whisky Fair in Limburg, Germany.

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