We continued our whisky explorations at the Gordon & Macphail stand at Paris Whisky Live, switching gears from their DIscover to Connoisseur Choice range with:
- Glendullan 12 year (2009 / 2022) 45% (approx Eur 100)
- Glenburgie 26 year (1995/2022) 1st fill Sherry Puncheon #6349, 56.8% (approx Eur 250)
- Caol Ila 25 year (1996/2022) 1st fill Sherry Butt #16074, 59.2% (approx Eur 350)
Glendullan 12 year (2009 / 2022) 45% 3245 Bottles.
- Nose – A burst of berries – sweet and inviting
- Palate – Strong berry flavours – mostly raspberries with some cassis
- Finish – Nice sweet and sour cherry plus berry finish
What more do we know? The bottle states that this whisky had its initial maturation in a refilled bourbon barrel, finished in Cote Rotie cask for 3 years. It must be the red wine that brought such distinctive berry flavours to the fore – my tasting notes are merely variations on a berry theme! Their official tasting notes share a bit more with:
Dried strawberry aromas give way to roasted peanuts and crystallised violet. Rasperry compote flavours combine with liquorice and red apple. A medium-bodied finish with citrus and red berries.
Glenburgie 26 year (1995/2022) 1st fill Sherry Puncheon # 6349, 56.8% 564 Bottles.
- Nose – Beautiful elegant pear, lovely sherry elements, some marmalade
- Palate – Gorgeous! Lovely balanced palate, complex, nuanced, fruity, yet at the same time “heavy” and nutty
- Finish – Again – stunning! Full fruit flavours, long, strong with hint of spice
I’m already partial to this Speyside distillery – with Glenburgie fixed in my mind as the “Downton Abbey” of whiskies – something that harkens back to an earlier era, still with some character and spunk but overlaid with a summery elegance. Everything that I love about Glenburgie was evident here – its age merely augmenting all the elements I’ve grown to love.
What more do we know? The label indicates this was a single cask 1st fill Sherry Puncheon – clearly responsible for the full flavours found in this impressive whisky. Their official tasting notes state:
Sweet raisin aromas combine with orange peel and fruitcake. Sultana flavours emerge alongside pepper and toasted hazelnuts. A full finish with spice.
Caol Ila 25 year (1996/2022) 1st fill Sherry Butt #16074, 59.2% 555 bottles
- Nose – Cured meat, bacon, bonfire, sweet, heavy maple
- Palate – A proper “campfire” dram – all those meaty aromas and sweet maple combine
- Finish – An incredibly sweet peat feat! Some chilli chased by sweet cinnamon
- Water – Whilst I only had a small sample, I added a drop. Wow! Brings such balance to every element – fabulous!
I was careful in my tasting order – sampling all the non-peated whiskies before turning first to the Discovery Range Caol Ila then this Connoisseurs Choice single cask. It made for a nice progression with this 25 year old being absolutely spectacular. Well worth sampling if you have the chance.
The official tasting notes are a great reflection of what to expect:
Raspberry compote aromas give way to festive spices and smoke. Cured meat flavours complement summer fruit and orange peel. A full finish with black pepper and bonfire embers.
Well done Gordon & Macphail with all three! None of the Connoisseurs Choice expressions disappointed and I appreciated that they kept two vintage single casks for the “main floor”, not just featuring such rare whiskies in the VIP section.
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