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G&M – The MacPhail’s Collection – Bunnahabhain 2006 (43%)

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G&M – The MacPhail’s Collection – Bunnahabhain 2006 (43%)

We all love reviewing (and reading reviews of) the 1955 Linlithgos and the £2500 latest Port Ellens, but in truth, a blog should have many more daily dram reviews than those stellar outliers, and here’s a classic daily dram. The 2006 Bunnahabhain from Gordon and MacPhail’s The MacPhail’s Collection is priced around £35 and is…

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Gordon & MacPhail Strathisla 1963, Bottled 2009 (43%)

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Gordon & MacPhail Strathisla 1963, Bottled 2009 (43%)

Speyside’s Strathilsa distillery is the spiritual home of the Chivas Regal blends. This seems normal, the way it’s always been. Only it isn’t. Strathisla, which was officially named Milton (although it was founded in 1786 as Milltown) enjoyed a stellar reputation for making great whisky, which was named for the river that ran behind the…

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G&M Speymalt – Macallan 2006-2015 (43%)

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G&M Speymalt – Macallan 2006-2015 (43%)

G&M’s house expressions need no introduction and the Speymalt has been a pretty steady feature coming out of their seemingly unexhaustable warehouses. The Speymalt label has been used for Macallans as old as the 1938 vintage, all the way up to this youngish nine year old. The older releases were released at 40%, and later…

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Tomatin 1997 – Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseur’s Choice (46%)

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Tomatin 1997 – Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseur’s Choice  (46%)

Tomatin is one of those distilleries that’s pretty consistent in it’s distillery character. You’ll get some tropical fruit and a solid maltiness in every glass. Tomatin is in the Highlands, but right on the border with Speyside, and at one point was the largest distilleries in Scotland, boasting 23 stills after the fourth expansion in two…

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Highland Park 1999, 16 Year Old, Gordon and MacPhail TWE Exclusive, Cask 4260 (56.6%)

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Highland Park 1999, 16 Year Old, Gordon and MacPhail TWE Exclusive, Cask 4260 (56.6%)

When you think of Highland Park, you immediately think of the gentle peat and sherry combination so characteristic of the most northern of major whisky distilleries in Scotland. Indeed, whereas over 90% of Scotch whisky is bottled in ex bourbon casks, Highland Park has sherry maturation as one of its five keystones. Additionally, Highland Park…

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Gordon and MacPhail Ardmore 1996 (43%)

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Gordon and MacPhail Ardmore 1996 (43%)

For many years, Ardmore did not have their own bottlings, relying on G&M to be their official bottlers of sort. They weren’t alone. For decades, G&M served as the unofficial official bottling for Mortlach, Strathisla, Linkwook, Glen Grant, Imperial, Scapa and Ardmore. I’ve written quite a bit about G&M, but I do want to mention…

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Mortlach 12 Year Old – G&M Bottled 1960s (40%)

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Mortlach 12 Year Old – G&M Bottled 1960s (40%)

I’ve come back to revisiting the other old Mortlach expressions we tasted at the Gordon & MacPhail Mortlach tasting at the 2015 Whisky Show in London. I published my full account of the masterclass in my review of the 75 Year Old Mortlach Generations, and recommend you read that account before coming back to this…

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Mortlach Generations 75 Year Old – The Last Cask From the 1930s!!

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Mortlach Generations 75 Year Old – The Last Cask From the 1930s!!

In November 1939 World War II was only a formality on the British Isles. War was declared in September, but the actual fighting was yet to come. In fact, it was still 10 months away when on November 17th, 1939 a first fill sherry cask was filled with Mortlach new make, under the instructions of…

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The 2015 TWE Whisky Show – Bigger and Better – Day One Recap!

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The 2015 TWE Whisky Show – Bigger and Better – Day One Recap!

Yes, I traveled to London again this year to take part in The Whisky Exchange’s annual Whisky Show. I flew to the UK on Tuesday, and spent three days up in Scotland (full posts on my distillery visits and my lovely afternoon at Douglas Laing, as well as my October Outturn tasting at the Scotch…

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A 23 Year Old Ardbeg

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A 23 Year Old Ardbeg

Honestly, I don’t have all that much to add to this one beyond the tasting itself. This is a beautiful example of the old peat you just don’t come across today. Not coming from a sherry cask, this whisky if very different to the Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask 1975 Ardbeg I reviewed here. Gordon…

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