During The Speyside Whisky Festival 2017, I had the pleasure to join a tasting to discover a part of the range of Gordon & MacPhail whisky. The flight of tasting was all about five whiskies, all bottled without the addition of water.
Bruichladdich 1994 (56,2%)
- Color: Lemon gold
- Nose: Vanilla, grassy, apple, orange peel, a complexity of fruitiness, pepper and fresh cut leafs.
- Taste: Dried raisins, honey, vanilla, cucumber, ananis, oranges covered in lemonjuice and hints of pepper and sweetness
- Finish: Medium warm
(Distilled in 1994 / Bottled in 2016)
Glentauchers 1998 (56.8%)
- Color: Amber
- Nose: Fresh, fruity, pepper, fresh flowers, small hints of tabacco, citrus and a slight compexity of a seabreeze.
- Taste: Spricy warm smooth with red fruit, pepper, salty and a bit oily, grass and hints of lavender
- Finish: Nice and warm
(Distilled in 1998 / Bottled in 2016)
Ardmore 2002 (57,5%)
- Color: Sweet golden
- Nose: Antique wax, leather, chocolate with hints of wet stones, oranges, dark chocolate and a complexity of heavy lavender
- Taste: Sticky, toffee, dark chocolate with smoky hints, warm tingling, hints of medicine, peat and licorice
- Finish: Sticky and lingering
(Distilled in 2002 / Bottles in 2016)
Caol Ila 2005 (56,8%)
- Color: Straw golden
- Nose: Salty, grassy hints, rich and sweet, a complexity of smokeynessm, a lot of pepper, whipcream and tropical hints
- Taste: Vanilla, pineapples, grassy, well balanced and smokey influences combined with cakemix
- Finish: Oily, warm and smooth
(Distilled in 2005 / Bottled in 2017)
Speyburn 2006 (59,2%)
- Color: Sweet color
- Nose: Lemon peel with chocolate, oranges, fresh cake, green apple, cinnamon
- Taste: Spicy, lemon, oranges, vanilla, honey, white silky chocolate
- Finish: Sweet and lingering
(Distilled in 2006 / Bottled in 2016)
All of the above whisky, a drop of water is recommendable to open up the aroma even more, a lust for the nose. Only one drop, no more for an explosion in your mouth for more pleasure. It stays well balanced, with a drop and without a drop of water. Fun to explore.
More information about Gordon & MacPhail can be found on their website or visit the shop, when you are in Elgin.
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