Gordon & MacPhail Tweet Tasting

cxxicqyuqaa3awdWednesday, November 16, the night of the Gordon & MacPhail Tweet Tasting everyone was looking forward to. This night me and several others got the chance to try five new Gordon & MacPhail expressions.


For over one hundred and twenty years Gordon & MacPhail has been very careful matched spirits with oak.

Their maturation management created complex, wel balanced and subtle single malts. The casks were carefully monitored and sampled. And when the time was right, the single malt was bottled. And in this case, under the “Rare Vintage” range with the carious unique distillery label designs. This evening we go way back through 1950’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. And one whisky was younger than me …

Gordon & MacPhail Rare Vintage Balblair 1985 (43%)

  • Color: Sweet and sunny
  • Nose: Green apple, strawberries, figs, kiwi, berries and hints of honey, cinnamon and pineapples
  • Taste: Spicy, sticky, red fruits, honey, vanilla, caramel fudge, banana, pineapple and a complexity of citrus-fruit
  • Finish: Lovely and tingling

(Distilled at the Balbliar Distillery in 1985 & matured in refill bourbon barrel)

Gordon & MacPhail Rare Vintage Smith’s Glenlivet 1974 (43%)

  • Color: Sunny gold
  • Nose: Caramel, coca cola, lemon, dark chocolate, red fruit, very dark with anise, raisins and blue berries
  • Taste: Anise, cinnamon, very spicy. But also lime, mandarin, stickiness, chewing gum. Teeth licking.
  • Finish: Nice and warm

(Distilled at The Glenlivet Distillery in 1974 & matured in refill bourbon & refill sherry casks)

Gordon & MacPhail Rare Vintage Glen Grant 1966 (40%)

  • Color: Pale gold
  • Nose: Marzipan, milk chocolate, shoe polish, fresh plucked flowers, almonds and wood chips
  • Taste: Lovely warm, caramel, dark fruit again. Strawberries, sultana’s, caramel, custard, peat and nuts
  • Finish: Sticky and lovely

(Distilled at the Glen Grant Distillery in 1966 & matured in first fill Sherry butts & refill American hogsheads)

Gordon & MacPhail Rare Vintage Strathisla 1965 (43%)

  • Color: Lovely dark
  • Nose: Sherry, elderberries, soft toffee, beewax, leather, sultana’s, macarons, cinnamo, cacao and figs
  • Taste: Spicy, less cacao, cinnamon, brown sugar, dark chocolate and mandarin in a strange way
  • Finish: Lovely warm and lingering

(Distilled at Strathisla Distillery in 1965 & matured in first fill sherry butts)

Gordon & MacPhail Rare Vintage Mortlach 1954 (43%)

  • Color: Sweet dark
  • Nose: Red fruit, strawberries, Blue berries, very sweet but also hints of pepper and a salty beach
  • Taste: Salty, peppery, milky, oranges, citrus, banana, mango, strawberries, cranberries and fresh blueberries
  • Finish: Smooth

(Distilled at the Mortlach Distillery in 1954 & matured in first fill sherry butts)

Thanks again Steve and also Gordon & MacPhail. For more interaction and what the minds were sharing on twitter, go to #GMRareVintage. It was a blast.



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