At Gordon & MacPhail, they believe that the wood really makes the whisky. And they are right.
In the mid-1960s Gordon & MacPhail took the unprecedented step of launching a range of single malts under the brand name ‘Connoisseurs Choice’. Until this time, many of the whiskies the range featured would not hve been available as single malt. Today, ‘Connoisseurs Choice’ retains this exclusive nature with a range of rare and sought after single malts from Distilleries throughout Scotland.
Gordon & MacPhail Caol Ila 2004 (45%)
- Color: White wine
- Nose: Fresh, lemon, lime, green apple, sultana’s, plum, pear and peeled mandarin
- Taste: Fruity, creamy, warm pear, vanilla, peaty and intense white chopped chocolate, plus a complexity of spicy Islay influences
- Finish: Lingering and warm
Gordon & MacPhail Glen Elgin 1998 (46%)
- Color: Pale gold
- Nose: Red fruit, sherry and strawberry mixed with grapefruit, hints of aniseed, apricots and a complexity of caramel
- Taste: Fresh, fruity, smashed banana, pears, nuts, vanilla accompanied with red fruit and warm chocolate
- Finish: Medium and very smooth
In partnership with each respective distillery, all whiskies in their ‘Distillery Labels’ range are uniquely labelled. In years gone by many of these unique designs were used ‘officially’to bottle the whisky under the license from the distillery. Today these trusted relationships with distillers enables Gordon & MacPhail to bottle whiskies at various ages, strengths and vintages – all with their unique distillery label.
Gordon & MacPhail Glentauchers 1996 (43%)
- Color: Amber
- Nose: Winey, sherry, red apple, hint of chopped salty nuts, walnut, almond, complexity of fresh cut grass ans carnation
- Taste: Oily, spicy, lemon, red apple, salty, hints of ginger, peach, kiwi, banana, tropical complexity
- Finish: Sticky, oily and warm
I do love every dram above, however, the winner for me is the Caol Ila 2004. You can really taste Islay and when you close your eyes, you feel like you are really there. The other whiskies are amazing too and you taste Speyside in each of them. I love it and I would recommend these for sure, but the one on the top, has just a bit more, whoeh. The wood really makes the whisky, I can’t argue with that.
– Wood with character –
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