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Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Tasting notes and reviews

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Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice

Brand
Gordon & MacPhail
Expression
Connoisseurs Choice
Type
Scotch Whisky ~ Single Malt
Age
17 years old
Abv
46.00%
Vintage
1998
Produced at
Gordon & MacPhail ~ Glen Elgin Distillery
Region
Speyside
Website
www.gordonandmacphail.com
Availability
Worldwide

Chris Goodrum

96
Nose
Earthy and meaty, sweet barbecue smoke, light but luscious honey and hints of green apple, lime and quince. Mature sawdusty oak appears. Beneath lies a touch of sumptuous sherried dried fruit.
Palate
Mature oak shows first but it's not overwhelming. Sugar sprinkled barley, honey, apricot and lime with a touch of coffee, earth and subtle dried fruit.
Finish
What a finish! Mouthcoating oak and honey with some grippy coffeed tannin and green fruit. Dries a little towards the end but the honey balances and lingers.
Comment
Breath-takingly complex!

Joel Harrison

87
Nose
A dusty sherry bodega, cheesecloth, wax, and a hint of damp oak. Like being in the hold of a 19th Century trading ship.
Palate
A robust spirit intertwines with copper, vanilla, candied ginger, and white travel sweets. Some foam banana penny sweets.
Finish
Dusty, slightly bitter, and coppery.
Comment
There are elements of this which evoke vintage malts of yesteryear, however slightly bitter undertones let down the balance of this whisky.
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