Richard Urquhart is a member of the fourth generation of the Urquhart family, owners of Gordon & MacPhail. Established in 1895 and based in Elgin in the north of Scotland the company is famous for selecting, maturing and bottling some of the world’s finest and rarest single malt Scotch whiskies.
Gordon & MacPhail sends casks to distilleries throughout Scotland where they are filled with “new-make” spirit and left to mature for many years at the distillery or in bonded warehouses in Elgin. Gordon & MacPhail bottles over 300 expressions of single malt under various ranges including Connoisseurs Choice, MacPhail’s Collection and Cask Strength. In 2015 the company launched the world’s most exclusive single malt, Generations Mortlach 75 Years Old by Gordon & MacPhail, at the Royal Opera House in London. In 2013 HRH The Princess Royal visited Elgin and presented the business with its second Queen’s Award for Enterprise of International Trade.
Richard joined Gordon & MacPhail in 2009 after working in Information Technology for six years. His career at Gordon & MacPhail started by spending two years working through all of departments within the business. Since then, Richard has worked in UK Sales and Marketing before moving to the Export department in November 2013, a department that exports the company’s whiskies to over 50 international markets.
Richard became of a Keeper of the Quaich a prestigious society whose purpose is to recognise those that have made an exceptional contribution to the Scotch Whisky Industry in 2015.