The Macallan 1970 Speymalt (Gordon & MacPhail)
Gordon & MacPhail Speymalt // Speyside, Scotland
The Gordon & MacPhail Speymalt bottlings are a rare line of single malt whiskies that come from the Macallan Distillery in Speyside. Gordon & MacPhail used to be the exclusive bottler of Macallan's malts until recently, but they still enjoy access to amazing stocks of very old whisky from the distillery. The 1970 Speymalt comes from another era in scotch whisky's history, when producers had very different agendas than they do today. Distilled the year after humanity set foot on the moon, while this malt slumbered for over four decades in first-fill sherry butts, the world saw the collapse of a superpower, the rise of the computer, and the emergence of late-capitalism. The scotch whisky industry discovered efficiency and consistency in barley, industrial mechanization, and host of other changes to production. This malt traverses these eras, oblivious to the changes outside of its cask, emerging forty-one years later to fill your glass. Drink respectfully. Bottled in 2011 at 43% ABV.
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
Cask TypeFirst Fill Sherry Butts