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Issue 122 Out Now

Whisky Magazine Issue 122

Is Craft an Expression of Skill, Aberlour, Flavoured Whiskies, Glen Grant

 

Scotch Whisky - Single Malt

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.

Gordon & MacPhail Linkwood 1969
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Linkwood is a lovely whisky, especially in its older incarnations.

Gordon & MacPhail Linkwood 1972
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 A luxurious afterdinner malt.

Gordon & MacPhail Linkwood 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 A dour character which lifts up on the nose but not on the palate.

Gordon & MacPhail Longmorn-Glenlivet 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 The most honeyed Longmorn I have tasted. A breakfast malt.

Gordon & MacPhail Miltonduff 1968
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Remarkably scenty. Very clean indeed. Delicate for my tastes but if you like an elegant malt.....

Gordon & MacPhail Miltonduff 1993
Single Malt - Scotland - 61.80%
7 Lusty, voluptuous. Finishes with a bang.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Gordon & MacPhail Mortlach 1938, 60 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 A great age, but it has matured beautifully.

Gordon & MacPhail Mortlach 1951
Single Malt - Scotland - 42.00%
6 After dinner. Or with a re-run of Inspector Morse.

Gordon & MacPhail Mortlach 1980
Single Malt - Scotland - 63.80%
7 A lovely digestif whisky.

Gordon & MacPhail Old Pulteney 1990
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.40%
7 The hug of sherry is soporific; the saltiness a stinging reviver. A morning run in Wick; a gale in John O'Groats.

Gordon & MacPhail Old Pulteney 1990 Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.80%
7 So sherry… Dark Oloroso wipes out all maltiness. Unbalanced but sherry fanatics will love it.

Gordon & MacPhail Old Pulteney 8 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Tastes like Manzanilla to me. I don't speak for anyone else.

Gordon & MacPhail Port Ellen 1982
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 A restrained example of this fine malt, but the silent still is almost out of stock. There will be few further opportunities to buy.

Gordon & MacPhail Rare Vintage Smith's, Glenlivet 1974
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Somewhat lifeless and one-dimensional. Not the best old Glenlivet I've tasted.

Gordon & MacPhail Scapa 1987
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 A complex, delicate, well-balanced vintage.

Gordon & MacPhail Scapa 1988
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
6 I am not sure about that sulphur. Is it from the cask, or is it seaweedy? I usually like seaweed, but am not convinced by this bottling.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Gordon & MacPhail St Magdalene 1975
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Typically lowland, with a nice progression of sensation: sweet, malty then zingy.

Gordon & MacPhail Strathisla 1960
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Strathisla has its own distinct, rather dry style-and this is a good example.

Gordon & MacPhail Tamdhu 1981 Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 No, I don't think I was being suggestible. An unusually complex Tamdhu.

Gordon & MacPhail Teaninich 1983
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Well worth sampling, but don't expect anything fancy. This is a workaday malt.


 

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