Gordon & MacPhail reveals the unique design by acclaimed architect Sir David Adjaye to celebrate the world’s oldest single malt Scotch whisky
Launched today, Gordon & MacPhail celebrated the release of their oldest single malt Scotch ever bottled – Generations 80YO from Glenlivet Distillery. They unveiled a unique decanter and oak pavilion designed by world-renowned architect and designer, Sir David Adjaye OBE. Never one to turn down a challenge, David admitted to us that he was inspired to embrace the project owing to his love of single malts. “The intrinsic and bespoke nature of this project was my most informant and inspiration. From this understanding of the whisky distillation process itself, I was able to unlock a design that allowed for cohesion, where the lack of distinction between the vessel and what it contained created a complete experience,” he told us.
As you can see in this film, his keen interest, creativity and design foresight have created something truly unique. A lot of thought – not to mention patience – has gone into the creation of this rare whisky. As Ewen Mackintosh, Managing Director at Gordon & MacPhail, told us: “It is often quoted that the maturation of whisky over very long periods of time is more art than science. The decanter and oak pavilion that David has created for our historic release is a true reflection of this art.”
Gordon & MacPhail have been making whisky for generations, and this particular expression was carefully nurtured in an oak cask for eight decades, by four generations of the family that own the company. In this film, we get to see exactly what it takes to produce something so rare, and so extraordinary.