The Rare Old series by Gordon & MacPhail was first launched in 1998 and was conceived of as a way to showcase, very specifically, ‘rare’ and ‘old’ whiskies from the company archives. However, the range quickly came to be the home for long aged examples specifically from closed distilleries. So, although early releases came from working distilleries such as Glenlossie and Highland Park, the majority of releases have come from distilleries such as Glenugie, Convalmore, Glenlochy, Coleburn, Banff, Glenury, St Magdalene and Rosebank. Initially each batch of releases was put out at 40% and 43% - much like the Connoisseur’s Choice range. However, as trends changed and appetites for higher ABVs grew, the series has moved towards 46% or natural cask strength. Some of the greatest examples from this series are certainly the old closed distilleries such as the 1966 Banff, the beautiful 1970 Glenlochys and the 1975 Convalmore. Although, pretty much everything in this series has been, and continues to be, exemplary and utterly delicious.