Gordon & MacPhail and the whisky flight

As you might know, Gordon & MacPhail is an independent bottler and distiller of Scotch Whisky, founded in 1895 and located in Elgin.

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.

The tastingnotes:

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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