In early 2021, I decided to start acquiring some bottles for future tasting sessions and thought it was past time to pick up a few of Gordon & Macphail’s Discovery range of affordable “entry” drams. I picked a Glenrothes & Miltonduff. They have waited patiently in Germany for the right opportunity – either to taste with others there or bring home to India.
However, naturally, I’ve been rather curious and so was happy to have a chance to try one of them at Paris Whisky Live! On my 2nd day, we whetted our tasting appetite with a few French drams then made our way to the Gordon & Macphail stand and kicked off our explorations with this trio…
As shared with the London Whisky Show, the Discovery line was created for a place to begin your discovery of whisky at a reasonable price point, with colour-coded expressions to help guide the approach… In Paris we tried:
- Green for ex-bourbon casks – Tomatin (2009/2021) 43% (approx Eur 44)
- Purple for ex-sherry casks – Miltonduff 10 year 43% (approx Eur 55)
- Grey/off-white for smokey/peaty – Caol Ila 13 year 43% (approx Eur 55)
We followed the suggested order: ex-bourbon, ex-sherry and then peaty….
Tomatin (2009/2021) 43%
- Nose – Light and classic ex-bourbon style, fresh green apple, pears, vanilla cream
- Palate – Keeps on the same light, fruity and happy vein, oaky, more vanilla
- Finish – Gentle – fruity, floral, honey
A rather nice example of ex-bourbon…. call it a perfect aperitif.
What about the sherry expression? We sampled the Miltonduff 10 year 43%
- Nose – Fruity, orange, woodsy, citrus
- Palate – Medium-bodied, tasty buttery caramel, marmalade, cinnamon
- Finish – More of that yummy marmalade
A nice Speyside and I will very much enjoy revisiting it and discovering more when eventually the Gordon & Macphail Discovery range is opened up at home!
Curious to know more? Check out what Gordon & Macphail have to say here.
As for the peaty, they chose a classic Caol Ila 13 year 43%:
- Nose – Fab peat, banana, sweet grass, maple bacon, cured sweetmeats
- Palate – Soft, completely peaty, fruity
- Finish – Long sweet and smoky
Now, this is a “proper” Caol Ila – what fun! You can also find out more about this expression from Gordon & Macphail’s whisky archive here.
What a nice way to whet our appetite for Gordon & Macphail’s Connoisseurs Choice range – which was our next stop!
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