Extraordinary Single Malts from Gordon & Macphail

Gordon & Macphail have been marketing Malt Whisky from Scotland’s greatest distilleries with a unique methodology since 1895: they source their own casks from Sherry, Bourbon and Rum producers, send them to be filled with “new-make” clear whisky straight off the stills and then lovingly aging them in their own facility. Aside from the fantastic dram within, they have recently relaunched the line with great retro labels from the pre war era…perfect gifts!

 

Scapa Orkney Single Malt Scotch Whisky 11 years old  $78.00

Distilled in 2000, bottled at 86° in 2011  Notes from their cellarmaster: “Floral notes initially, with a burst of ripe exotic fruits such as Kiwi. Sweet vanilla influences develop and a hint of honeycomb emerges emerges. Mouth coating with a defined sweet vanilla edge, hints of summer fruits emerge and a burst of pepper spice lingers.”

 

Linkwood Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky 15 years old / 86°  $89.99

“Nose: Fresh and fragrant with heavy Sherry influences. More delicate fruity notes develop. On the palate: Heavy sweetness, very smooth and creamy, with a delicate spicy edge. Some nutty influences – Brazil nuts.”

 

George & J.G. Smith’s Glenlivet Single Malt Scotch Whisky 21 years old / 86°  $129.00

“Sherry influences, with a hint of liquorice and toasted almonds. A stewed figs fruity edge remains. Burst of chili spices, becomes more creamy with hints of chocolate emerging. Exotic fruit influences linger.”

 

Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whisky 21 years old / 92°  $154.00

Aged in Sherry butts then finished in Bourbon casks, this has won awards and acclaim from Malt fans the world over. Descriptors range from “Apple, butterscotch, Malted Milk biscuits, bananas and a little bit of lime…” to “…a sweet start, moving on to marzipan and then sour fruit, green apple and cinnamon. There’s also vanilla, dry wood and some of the bananas from the nose, as well as some floury, pastry notes and some butter.”

 

Glenhaven Single Malt Whiskies are back!

These were a cult sensation here several years ago, were out of the market for some time but have now come back with classy new packaging. These are NOT the “American Market” 80° bottlings you see most places but individually selected casks bought from the distilleries, aged in a separate bonded warehouse then bottled without filtration at higher or even cask proofs.

 

Bladnoch 18 Year Old Borders Malt distilled July 1990, bottled February 2009 at 92°  $90.00

Sort of the Sauvignon Blanc of Malts, Bladnoch is always fresh and displays both lemon / citrus and fresh cut grass / hay on the nose. A richer array of candied citrus / lemon marmalade lingers on the palate.

 

The Macallan 10 Year Old Speyside Malt 

distilled September 1998, bottled February 2009 at 92°  $66.00

 

The Macallan 18 Year Old Speyside Malt 

distilled September 1990, bottled February 2009 at 92°  $159.99

This distillery is called THE Macallan for a good reason: it’s rich style of sherry cask aged whisky is absolutely distinctive. This bottling balances rich peachy fruit and roasted nut notes with an intriguing spicy/peppery finish that leaves you wanting another dram…or TWO.

 

Aultmore 26 Year Old Speyside Malt distilled May 1982, bottled February 2009 at 92°  $180.00

A dense, complex and satisfying Malt that deserves contemplation: dried and candied fruits and just a hint of peat on the nose, all leading to a rich toffee/caramel finish.

 

Auchroisk 31 Year Old Speyside Malt 

distilled October 1977, bottled June 1997 at 109.4°  $179.00

 

Auchroisk 31 Year Old Speyside Malt 

distilled October 1977, bottled February 2009 at 92°  $200.00

The Burgundy of Malts? This distillery produces subtle, elegant whisky with hints of fruit, coffee and toffee that unwind with increasing intensity as you savor it.

 

Inchgower 19 Year Old Speyside Malt 

distilled September 1977, bottled June 1997 at 109.6°  $145.00

 

Inchgower 31 Year Old Speyside Malt 

distilled September 1977, bottled February 2009 at 92°  $200.00

A seriously sexy beast: the initial aroma blasts toffee and caramel with undertones of dried white fruits, the finish shows roast vanilla and hints of chocolate.

 

Tomatin 19 Year Old Speyside Malt 

distilled September 1977, bottled June 1997 at 114.2°  $180.00

 

Tomatin 31 Year Old Speyside Malt 

distilled September 1977, bottled February 2009 at 92°  $300.00

Deep amber in color, this fine whisky shows malt and smoke on the palate then exotic spices and peat on the finish.

 

Glen Scotia Campbeltown Malt distilled March 1992, bottled February 2009 at 96°  $120.00

This Campbeltown classic is distinguished by spicy, herbal even medicinal notes that its fans adore. It is a VERY complex dram and may require repeated visits to understand fully.

 

Caol Ila 8 Year Old Islay Malt distilled August 2000, bottled February 2009 at 92°  $80.00

You want peat and smoke? Sniff this! Girly men need not apply…

 

Braes of Glenlivet 19 Year Old Speyside Malt 

distilled October 1977, bottled June 1997 at 103.8°  $110.00

 

Braes of Glenlivet 31 Year Old Speyside Malt 

distilled October 1977, bottled February 2009 at 118.8°  $240.00

This distillery is the heart of the Chivas Regal blend and will be a good first step to fans of that brand into the mysteries of Single Malts. Rich and complex on the palate but no smoke or peat.

 

Highland Park 21 Year Old Orkney Malt 

distilled September 1975, bottled June 1997 at 109.4°  $200.00

A true classic, one of the most elegant Single Malts made.