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Scotch Whisky - Single Malt

Gordon & MacPhail Benromach 1974
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 I have always found Benromach assertively flowery, herbal, almost cedary. Will this highly distinctive character prevail in the new, smaller, stills introduced since the change of ownership? Tastings...

Gordon & MacPhail Benromach 1980
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.60%
7 A wake up dram. Not a great deal of complexity but an enjoyable fruitiness to make you think of springtime.

Gordon & MacPhail Benromach 22 Years Old, Port Wood Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00%
7 Should the pink tangerine blush of this whisky hint at Bacchus? He may have glanced at the cask, but I can't find him in the glass.

Gordon & MacPhail Benromach Peat Smoke
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Once the middle fills out will be a lovely addition to the range.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Gordon & MacPhail Benromach Sassicaia Wood Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00%
8 A success.

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Gordon & MacPhail Benromach Traditional
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 This one really does have subtlety. A lovely, delicate aperitif.

Gordon & MacPhail Bladnoch 1991
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.80%
7 The nose is unusual, closer to a sour Chinese broth than a whisky! But the palate restores an expected floral Lowland freshness.

Gordon & MacPhail Bowmore 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
1 Old age has completely integrated peat and smoke. Oak overpowers the marine character. A splash of water does not help.

Gordon & MacPhail Bunnahabhain 1989
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 A breakfast whisky for the truly decadent.

Gordon & MacPhail Caol Ila 1969
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00%
3 Surprisingly, the distillery character resists in this oldie. And peat “revisits” the aromatic palette. Integration again but no fusion.

Gordon & MacPhail Caol Ila 1981
Single Malt - Scotland - 62.70%
7 A beautifully balanced, rounded, example of this distinctive malt.

Gordon & MacPhail Caol Ila 1990
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.20%
8 Very decent example of Caol Ila, nothing jars here.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Gordon & MacPhail Caol Ila 1991
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.40%
8 What you nose is what you get. A beautiful uncompromising version of Caol Ila. More enjoyable when neat.

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Gordon & MacPhail Glen Grant 1948
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 1948? Amazing. Has retained a refined almost raffish air and though frail is not overwooded.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Gordon & MacPhail Glen Grant 1968
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 A ghost-like dram almost too elusive to grasp.

Gordon & MacPhail Glen Mhor 1979
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 A hearty fellow, warming and expressive. A hip flask dram for a wet day.

Gordon & MacPhail Glen Scotia 1992 Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 62.10%
7 Far from the best Glen Scotia, but I have always entertained a sneaky respect for this distillery.

Gordon & MacPhail Glenlivet 1973
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.90%
7 A dash of water is perfect. Skip the pudding and enjoy your dram with a shortbread.

Gordon & MacPhail Glenlivet 1973 Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.90%
8 Some of the older Smith's Glenlivets are too woody for me, but this one is a delight.

Gordon & MacPhail Glentauchers 1990
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
6 Sherry influence calls the tune. Water calms the flavours down.

Gordon & MacPhail Glenugie 1968, 43 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00%
7 Oak is not as prevailing on the nose as on the palate. An exotic profile. Reminds me of Irish whiskey. Interesting richness. Avoid water.

Gordon & MacPhail Inverleven 1985
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Not much complexity, but an unusually summery whisky.

Gordon & MacPhail Inverleven 1986
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
6 Light, straightforward. Delicacy without mannerism. Keep it for a romantic candlelit dinner.

Gordon & MacPhail Inverleven 1990, 40 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00%
7 The nose is appealing but the palate far tougher. Water eases the release of grassy notes. But the aromatic profile keeps shallow.

Gordon & MacPhail Linkwood 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 That malt could easily be thrown in a calvados blind tasting, with aged oaky individuals.


 

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