At Whisky Live 2018 in Singapore, I stopped by the Gordon & MacPhail booth with a simple goal – taste a few and decide if one made sense to bring it back home to Mumbai.
Of each, I had only a wee nip – mostly a sniff, swish and move on…
Inchgower 13 year (2005/2018) 55.1%
- Nose – Coffee beans, toast and toffee, berries
- Palate – Oak, a bit of spice, fruity jam and then the most fabulous toast, butter and kaya
- Finish – Had a nice kick, salted nuts, creamy and delicious
Don’t laugh but I couldn’t help but define this whisky in my mind as a particularly yummy kaya toast – crisp perfectly dark golden toast, slathered in butter with that distinctive kaya coconut milk eggs and sugar combined to make an exceedingly tasty jam.
My sampling companion may be Singapore based but it seems this favourite SE Asian breakfast hasn’t made it into his culinary repertoire. Whereas for the young lady serving the whiskies? She immediately got the reference and completely agreed.
That is half the fun of sampling in Asia. Palate parallels are completely apt yet entirely different than what would find in Scotland.
As for this whisky, all through the next masterclass, I kept think of kaya toast whisky with a lovely nutty nougat finish…. so much so that I found myself at the whisky store, perusing the shelves to see if they still had a bottle remaining.
This whisky is part of their Connoisseurs Choice range matured in refill sherry hogshead. As for what it would set you back? At La Maison du Whisky in Singapore, that would be SGD 200.
And obviously, you can tell, this is the whisky that has made its way back to Bombay.
What do the folks at Gordon & Macphail have to say about this whisky?
- Nose – Delicate Sherry aromas accompanied by floral violets and zesty Seville orange. Undertones of toasted malt evolve with subtle hints of butter candies and toffee.
- Taste – Honeyed summer berries made into a tangy strawberry and raspberry jam develop into a slightly drying oak. With time, flavours of creamy hazelnuts and silky dark chocolate emerge.
- Finish – Long and lingering fruit and nut chocolate.
- Miltonduff 10 year 43%
- Glenlivet 14 year (2003/2018) 56.5%
- Mannochmore 18 year (1999/2018) 46%
- Caol Ila 33 year (1989/2018) 52.8%
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