Gordon & Macphail is in a class of their own – with a 125-year history – they are no mere “indie bottler”… With long-term relationships with distilleries, an impressive set-up of their own casks, legendary warehouses with an exceptional range of old and very rare whiskies, this is one area at any whisky show you shouldn’t miss!
So what did we try at the London Whisky Show?
We began with the Discovery range, a newer series launched to introduce accessible, affordable single malts to the world:
- Green for ex-bourbon casks – Glenallachie 14 year 43% – This ex-bourbon cask was a nice contrast to the current GlenAllachie sherry or cask finish styles
- Purple for ex-sherry casks – Bunnahabhain 11 year 43% – A solid expression
- Grey/off-white for smokey/peaty – Caol Ila 13 year 43% – Skipped as was a bit early for peat!
We then progressed to the Gordon & Macphail’s Distillery Labels with Ardmore with a whiff of sea breeze, soft peat, and sweet!
From there, we got serious with their Connoisseurs Choice range, which has been a consistent series from Gordon & Macphail since 1968. We’ve tried many remarkable drams in this series which showcases various distillery spirits matured in Gordon & Macphail’s own barrels. At Whisky Live 2022, we tried:
- Old Pulteney 23 year (2008/ 28 Apr 2022) Refill Bourbon Barrel Cask No. 17603801 56.6% – A delightful reminder of why I so enjoy this distillery – love!!!
- Tormore 29 year (1993/ 30 May 2022) 1st fill Sherry Butt Cask 5053 54.5% – Slow down and enjoy this sherry marmalade & chocolate treat!
We thought this would be the end of our journey…. however then our fabulous Gordon & Macphail’s guide shared a pair from their exceptionally rare Private Collection with:
- Imperial 42 year (1979/16 Dec 2021) Refill American Hogshead Cask 5619 49.2% – A slice of whisky history
- Inverleven 33 year (1985/2018) Refill Bourbon Cask 562 57.4% – A very unique experience from a closed distillery
Wow, wow, wow! What an amazing journey through some fabulous whiskies! And a very clear reminder of why Gordon & Macphail are worthy of slowing down and spending time exploring…
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