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Stephen Rankin named among the 50 Most Influential People in British Luxury

–Gordon & MacPhail’s Director of Prestige included in Walpole’s 2020 Power List–

An Elgin-based director of whisky creator Gordon & MacPhail has been honoured as one of the 50 Most Influential People in British Luxury.

Stephen Rankin, the company’s Director of Prestige and fourth-generation member of the owning family, has been included in the 2020 Power List from Walpole – the official luxury sector body and widely regarded as ‘the home of British luxury’.

The list recognises the individuals and brands who despite enormous challenges throughout 2020, have continued to deliver success in the luxury sector.

For Gordon & MacPhail, celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, the recent highlight has been the launch of four extremely rare and unique commemorative whiskies released to honour the Elgin company’s milestone.

Alongside the four commemorative whiskies, Gordon & MacPhail has also launched a new film serialisation charting the company’s 125-year story. The ‘Chapters’ series of five short films includes personal reflections from over 20 contributors, including fellow Walpole Power List honourees Conor O’Leary, managing director of Gleneagles, Simon Cotton, CEO of Johnstons of Elgin and Knut Wylde, general manager of The Berkeley hotel.

The short film series can be viewed at

Stephen Rankin said: “It’s an honour to be named one of the country’s most influential people in luxury. I’m in great company among some of the industry’s greatest – some of whom I’m proud to call friends.

“It’s particularly poignant to be recognised in such an important year for Gordon & MacPhail, as we celebrate over a century in whisky creation. Despite challenging circumstances, the whole team and I are proud to continue our pursuit of whisky perfection for people to enjoy all over the world.”

Walpole acknowledged Stephen’s role in bringing the company’s history, heritage and whiskies to life in entertaining ways, stating: “With over 20 years’ experience in the world of Single Malt (as well as Wine and Spirits), Stephen Rankin’s contribution to the industry was recognised in in 2019 when he was made a Master of the Quaich: the highest honour possible in the Whisky industry.

“Alongside fellow family members and colleagues, Stephen has contributed to the growth of the 125-year-old family firm Gordon & MacPhail, and the release of some of the rarest and most iconic whiskies in the world. His work today is focused on engaging with consumers around the world, and bringing to life the wonderful story of Gordon & MacPhail through their truly unique and rare portfolio of Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.”


About Gordon & MacPhail Whiskies

For over 125 years, Gordon & MacPhail has been driven by a simple mission: to create single malt Scotch whisky of exceptional quality.

Through four generations of family ownership, the company has matched spirit from over 100 Scottish distilleries to its own bespoke casks.

It is this unique depth and breadth of experience that enables Gordon & MacPhail to combine oak, spirit and time to create a portfolio of iconic whiskies found nowhere else in the world.

  • ‘Discovery’ – This flavour-led range is the perfect introduction to our portfolio of quality single malt Scotch whiskies
  • ‘Distillery Labels’ – A range celebrating our long-standing relationships with Scotland’s distilleries
  • Connoisseurs Choice’ – The heart of our portfolio. Always unique, these non-chill-filtered, natural coloured, small batch expressions are genuine one-offs.
  • ‘Private Collection’ – Greatly-aged single malts from celebrated, little-known, or closed distilleries specially selected by members of the Urquhart family
  • Generations’ – A prestigious collection of old, rare, and exclusive masterpieces

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