The Accelerator and The Brake

Inspired by two late,
great whisky pioneers


Rare Aged Scotch Whisky

Laid down by generations of the Gordon family, House of Hazelwood is the greatest collection of aged Scotch whiskies on earth. Several decades in the making, this once-private collection is finally open to collectors and enthusiasts to explore

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The Accelerator and The Brake: The Whisky

Created in partnership with whisky expert Dave Broom, this release celebrates the distinct characters of the Gordon brothers and their drive for innovation. 

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The Accelerator and The Brake: The Film

Produced in collaboration with whisky writer, Dave Broom, presenting a brand-new feature length whisky film titled: The Accelerator and The Brake.

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The Accelerator and The Brake

Inspired by two late, great whisky pioneers.

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The Accelerator and The Brake - Episode Two

In the second instalment of the whisky film, Dave Broom delves deeper into family ties and gleans insight from one of the industry’s first ever in-house coppersmiths, Dennis McBain.


The Accelerator and The Brake - Episode One


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The Accelerator & The Brake

33 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky

Created in partnership with whisky writer Dave Broom, this exceptional blend celebrates the uniquely successful partnership of brothers Charles (The Accelerator) and Sandy (The Brake) Gordon, who revolutionised the whisky industry throughout the second half of the 20th Century. Blending two strongly contrasting parcels of whisky together has created a whisky of exceptional character – with an unconventional constitution and a wonderfully improbable harmony. 

70CL | 57.6% ABV

£1,700 GBP

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A Singular Blend

1963 Blended Scotch Whisky

Unprecedented at this age, this most singular of blends is composed not only of whiskies from the same region but of Scotch whiskies from the very same Highland distillery – with both grain and malt components stemming from the same year of production at the same site. Matured for 58 years in American oak the blend has, over time, taken on rich layers of complexity that complement and enhance both aspects of the distillery character.

70CL | 45.6% ABV

£4,900 GBP

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The First Drop

1964 Single Grain Scotch Whisky

It was Charles Gordon himself who first conceived and went on to build the Girvan grain whisky distillery in South Ayrshire throughout the early 1960s. On 8th January 1964, the very first drops of new make spirit were filled into cask and while many millions of litres of spirit have followed over the years, the first casks filled have lain undisturbed –improving with every day.

70cl | 41.5% ABV

£3,000 GBP

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A Breath of Fresh Air

37 Year Old Blended Grain Scotch Whisky

This exceptional blend of aged grain whiskies from across Scotland possesses a character that is stunningly clean, fresh, almost minty on the palate. A showcase for the diverse and beguiling identities that old grain whisky can take on, its invigorating, reviving and entirely unique character offers something new for even the most experienced of palates.

70CL | 46.4% ABV

£1,450 GBP

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The Eight Grain

40 Year Old Blended Grain Scotch Whisky

Celebrating all that aged grain whisky can bring, this highly unusual release brings together the distillery character of eight of Scotland’s closed and active grain whisky distilleries. Combining the rich and unctuous decadence and bright citrus notes characteristic of the component distilleries, this release is rare, unrepeatable and utterly delicious.

70CL | 48.5% ABV

£1,200 GBP

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The Next Chapter

50 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky

Distilled in 1972 and initially aged to near perfection in a combination of European and American oak, this blend embarked upon a brave new chapter through a fifteen-year secondary finishing period in active ex-bourbon barrels. Such a process is unusual but has added fresh vigour to the already weighty blend – a testament to the power of new beginnings and a reminder that is never too late to embark upon the next chapter.

70CL | 45.3% ABV

£4,000 GBP

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The Lowlander

36 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky

Bringing together the strengths of a number of Scotland’s Lowland distilleries this unusual release celebrates what is often an overlooked region within the world of Scotch whisky. Bright and crisp in character with notes of granite and spun sugar this is a showcase for the merits of Lowland distillation and maturation.

70CL | 45.9% ABV

£950 GBP

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The Unknown

44 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky

Some blends are so compelling that a little mystery only adds to their allure – and such is the case with this gloriously mature scotch whisky. While the precise provenance of its component parts are unknown, we can say that the elements were distilled in 1978 and blended in 1989. An extensive secondary maturation for a further 33 years in a single refill butt has created a blend of exceptional quality.

70CL | 43.3% ABV

£3,000 GBP

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A Trail of Smoke

42 Year Old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

This beautifully balanced malt whisky takes us on a meandering journey through Scotland's islands - from dry and herbal to luscious and fruity with a delicate trail of woodsmoke always present in the background. An astonishingly complex, wonderfully evocative release redolent of the remarkable islands from which it hails.

70CL | 46.5% ABV

£1,900 GBP

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The Old Confectioner's

44 Year Old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

Certain whiskies have the ability to transport the drinker back to lost places that cannot be revisited any other way. Such is the case with this remarkable aged malt, rich with the treacle toffee, liquorice and candied fruit notes found in old sweet shops. Warming, enormously satisfying and lightly drying on the finish, years of marrying in refill sherry butts have created a fully unified, wonderfully evocative malt whisky.

70CL | 46.2% ABV

£3,000 GBP

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Blended at Birth

1965 Blended Scotch Whisky

Some whiskies may appear born to be paired together but very few are blended at birth. Yet such is the case with this unusual parcel of grain and malt, born 56 years ago and married –as new make spirit –before aging as a blend for half a lifetime in ex-bourbon American oak. Time has brought the malt and grain components together to create a blend that has matured beautifully as a single spirit.

70CL | 47% ABV

£4,500 GBP

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The Spirit of Scotland

46 Year Old Double Matured Blended Scotch Whisky

This exceptional blend was first created in 1994 to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the oldest recorded reference to Scotch whisky within the 1494 Exchequer rolls of Scotland. Since first being blended, the spirit has lain in cask for a further 28 years, developing with every year and building into a truly exceptional, fully-unified Blended Scotch Whisky.

70CL | 43.6% ABV

£1,200 GBP

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The Cask Trials

1968 Sherry Cask Matured Single Grain Scotch Whisky

Distilled in 1968 and matured for 53 years in a single sherry butt, this is an incredibly rare release crafted from an unlikely marriage of European oak and Girvan grain. With a deep and intense character drawn from 53 years in best quality European oak this is today almost unrecognisable as grain whisky but with a delicious underlying richness that reveals its roots.

70CL | 49.2% ABV

£3,800 GBP

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Sunshine on Speyside

39 Year Old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

Distilled in the early 80’s in the era of brightly coloured, tropical flavoured cocktails it is perhaps only natural that this Speyside Blended Malt has taken on notes of pineapple and mango throughout its time in cask. The emergence of flavours such as this is unusual, inexplicable and reminds us of the magical process that takes place between cask and spirit over time.

70CL | 42.5% ABV

£950 GBP

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The Long Marriage

56 Year Old Double Matured Blended Scotch Whisky

Distilled in the mid-sixties and blended three years later, this unique blend has lain undisturbed in a single refill sherry butt for well over half a century. Bottled at natural strength as a single cask release this is one of the rarest whiskies within our inventory –rich and mature with a majestic antique character and layers of complexity.

70CL | 48.7% ABV

£4,000 GBP

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The Tops

33 Year Old Speyside Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

Every blender has malt whiskies in their inventory that are considered to be ‘tops’ –the best of the best available from the inventory, typically used sparingly and eked out over time. This rare blend of malts is an indulgent combination of the very best of our 'tops', married together to create something truly precious –rich and decadent with notes of treacle and a lively finish.

70CL | 51.6% ABV

£1,450 GBP

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The Lost Estate

43 Year Old Blended Grain Scotch Whisky

Grain whisky distilleries in Scotland are rare enough but a blend of grain whiskies created from now-silent distilleries is rarer still. The Lost Estate brings together the individual characters of two of Scotland's closed grain whisky distilleries to create a rich, estery release redolent of pear drops, barley sugar and mandarins.

70CL | 41.6% ABV

£1,200 GBP

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