Gordon & MacPhail + The Water of Life Film 

Joe McCluskey presenting Douglas Laing, Benromach, and Gordon & MacPhail 

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

location: The Phoenix (8480 W 3rd St. Los Angeles, CA 90048)

Southern California Whiskey Club was pleased to have Joe McCluskey, West Division Manager of Vision Wine and Spirits lead us through a fine line of scotch and share with us the new direction the company is taking. We did a side-by-side comparison to explain Imperial Proof, so bring an extra Glencairn. In addition there was also a presentation by Greg Swartz and Tom Costello about a new and exciting film project “The Water of Life”, a documentary about the creativity and craftsmanship at the heart of the worldwide explosion in single malt scotch. A look at Scotland’s master distillers and their ongoing quest to create the world’s best whisky. This was a great event to explore the different regions of Scotland and to get really detailed with nuances.




The distillery has been making Benromach since 1898 using the same spring water rising in nearby Romach Hills. At Benromach they handcraft their single malt scotch whisky and make it slowly, the time-honoured way. Brimming with gorgeous classic pre-1960s Speyside character, every drop is fine enough to be savoured as a single malt. 

1. Benromach 10 Year Old

2. Benromach Imperial Proof 10 Year Old

Douglas Laing & Co Remarkable Regional Malts:

Established in 1948, Douglas Laing & Co. is a leading independent Scotch Whisky blender and bottler specializing in genuinely Small Batch Malt Scotch Whiskies.

3. Douglas Laing The Epicurean

4. Douglas Laing Timorous Beastie

5. Douglas Laing Scallywag

6. Douglas Laing Rock Oyster

Gordon & MacPhail:

Gordon and MacPhail bottles over 300 expressions of single malt Scotch Whisky from distilleries throughout Scotland. Their long-established relationships with distillery owners throughout the country allow them to send their oak casks to the majority of Scotland’s working distilleries to be filled with ‘new make’ spirit, which then matures for many years at the distillery of origin or in our bonded warehouses in Elgin.

7. Gordon & Macphail Single Cask Craigellachie 19yr US Exclusive 56.6% 

more information about the brand at: visionwineandspirits.com

more information about The Water of Life Film: wateroflifefilm.com

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