Tasting Notes / Bottles by Gordon & MacPhail



Aberfeldy 1993 Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
Aberfeldy 1993 Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

Independent bottlings, at cask strength, of Aberfeldy don't come along too often, so i was really excited to see this dram in a set of samples from Gordon and MacPhail.

Ardmore 1996 Distillery Labels (Gordon and MacPhail)
Ardmore 1996 Distillery Labels (Gordon and MacPhail)

Part of Gordon and MacPhails Wood Makes the Whisky campaign this Ardmore 1996 from their Distillery Labels series is an interesting choice.

Balblair 1985 Rare Vintage (Gordon and MacPhail)
Balblair 1985 Rare Vintage (Gordon and MacPhail)

First up on the Gordon and MacPhail Rare Vintages Tweet Tasting from The Whisky Wire was the youngest of the drams, this 1985 Balblair.

Benriach 1997 Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
Benriach 1997 Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

Yet another from the Gordon and MacPhail Wood Makes the Whisky campaign is this 1997 Benriach from the connoisseurs choice range, and ex bourbon cask matured so very much up my street.

Bunnahabhain 2006 The MacPhails Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)
Bunnahabhain 2006 The MacPhails Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)

Another Bunnahabhain from Gordon and MacPhails wood makes the whisky campaign this expression is a 2006 non pleated dram from The MacPhails Collection.

Bunnahabhain 8 Year Old Heavily Peated (Gordon & MacPhail)
Bunnahabhain 8 Year Old Heavily Peated (Gordon & MacPhail)

Second helping from the Oran Mor Whisky club was a lovely Gordon & MacPhail Bunnahabhain.

Caol Ila 2003 Private Collection Sassicaia Finish (Gordon and MacPhail)
Caol Ila 2003 Private Collection Sassicaia Finish (Gordon and MacPhail)

This is a really interesting one, a 2003 vintage Caol Ila which was matured for 9 years or so in ex bourbon then finished for 33 years in a super tuscan Sassicaia cask.

Caol Ila 2005 Cask Strength (Gordon and MacPhail)
Caol Ila 2005 Cask Strength (Gordon and MacPhail)

A Gordon and MacPhail cask strength Caol Ila, made up from a few casks making this small batch, is something that i immediately go Yum to and i wasn't wrong.

Clynelish 1989 Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
Clynelish 1989 Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

I'm a huge fan of Gordon and MacPhail as independant bottlers, they tend to pick great spirit and their cask management always appears great, add in great distilleries, like this Clynelish, and you have what should be a winning recipe.

Craigellachie 1997 Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
Craigellachie 1997 Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

Another interesting Gordon and MacPhail whisky in the form of this Craigellachie 1997 Connoisseurs Choice bottling.

Dalmore 2001 Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
Dalmore 2001 Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

A Single cask Dalmore that hasn't been near a cask (or 6) of some weird Sherry or wine is exactly what I wanted from the Gordon and MacPhail Dalmore 2001 from their Connoisseurs Choice range, and it certainly delivered.

Glen Elgin 1998 Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
Glen Elgin 1998 Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

Another interesting Gordon and MacPhail whisky in the form of this Glen Elgin 1998 Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail) bottling.

Glen Grant 1949 Speyside Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)
Glen Grant 1949 Speyside Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)

When Gordon and MacPhail recently announced the Speyside Collection I was in awe of the array of stunning old drams that were included in the list, when samples arrived I was even more enthralled.

Glen Grant 1954 (Gordon and MacPhail)
Glen Grant 1954 (Gordon and MacPhail)

This dram, distilled in 1954 and bottled a whopping 51 years later in 2006, is a fine example of the Wood Makes The Whisky campaign that Gordon and MacPhail are currently promoting.

Glen Grant 1966 Rare Vintage (Gordon and MacPhail)
Glen Grant 1966 Rare Vintage (Gordon and MacPhail)

The middle dram on this Gordon and MacPhail Rare Vintages Tweet Tasting from The Whisky Wire was this 1966 Glen Grant.

Glen Spey 2004 Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
Glen Spey 2004 Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

Another interesting Gordon and MacPhail whisky in the form of this Glen Spey 2004 Connoisseurs Choice bottling.

Glenallachie 1999 Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
Glenallachie 1999 Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

Another dram from the awesome Gordon and MacPhail Wood Makes the Whisky Campaign, this is the Glenallachie 1999 Connoisseurs Choice bottling.

Glenburgie 10yr (Gordon and MacPhail)
Glenburgie 10yr (Gordon and MacPhail)

On a recent post I mentioned a number of distilleries I had yet to review on this blog and Johnnie (@JohnnieStumbler) kindly offered to send me some samples for some of them to try including this Glen

Glenrothes 8yr MacPhails Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)
Glenrothes 8yr MacPhails Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)

Another from the Gordon and MacPhail Wood Makes the Whisky campaign this is the Glenrothes 8 year old from the MacPhails Collection.

Glentauchers 1996 Distillery Labels (Gordon and MacPhail)
Glentauchers 1996 Distillery Labels (Gordon and MacPhail)

Another interesting Gordon and MacPhail whisky in the form of this Glentauchers 1996 Distillery Labels bottling.