Gordon & MacPhailspecial is that they have long-term contracts with a large number of distilleries.
Almost all independent bottlers buy whiskey that is already in the barrel. Often this whiskey is at least a few years old.
But because Gordon & MacPhail has old contracts, they buy their own barrels and have them filled with new make spirit at the distillery.
Gordon & MacPhail is by far the largest independent bottler of whisky in the world.They have an awe-inspiring stock (apparently up to 14,000 barrels), which is stored for an important part in their own warehouses. But in addition, many of their barrels are maturing at the distilleries themselves.
This gives them a unique position, which enables them to continue to market very old whiskey in these times of relative whiskey scarcity.
In this way they can make beautiful flavor combinations by themselves, while they can also keep an eye on quality and price. And that for more than a hundred years!
The new arrivals for this summer are the following 6 beautiful Gordon & Macphail whisky's.
LONGMORN 2003 GORDON MACPHAIL 43%
NOSE: DELICATE SHERRY AROMAS MINGLE WITH MILK CHOCOLATE; VIBRANT SEVILLE ORANGE AND DRIED FRUIT NOTES COME TO THE FORE WITH TIME. HINTS OF CINNAMON AND NUTMEG ADD A WARM SPICY UNDERTONE.
TASTE: PEPPERY YET SWEET; DASHES OF WARMING WHITE PEPPER DEVELOP INTO RICH FRUITCAKE FLAVOURS HIGHLIGHTED BY TOASTED ALMONDS, CANDIED CHERRIES, AND TWISTS OF ORANGE PEEL.
FINISH: COMPLEX; CHARRED OAK COMBINES WITH LIQUORICE AND MILK CHOCOLATE.
SCAPA 2005 GORDON MACPHAIL 43%
NOSE: SWEET AND FRUITY; RICH VANILLA AROMAS SWIRL AROUND TANGY COOKED APPLES. TOUCHES OF RIPE TROPICAL FRUITS – BANANA, PINEAPPLE, AND KIWI – WEAVED WITH HONEYCOMB NOTES.
TASTE: CREAMY WITH INTENSE PRESSED GREEN APPLE FLAVOURS BALANCED BY BURSTS OF PINK GRAPEFRUIT. A GENTLE WARMING PEPPER BEGINS TO DEVELOP WITH UNDERTONES OF CHOCOLATE AND OAK.
FINISH: LINGERING HINTS OF ELEGANT DARK CHOCOLATE L IFTED BY DRY BRACKEN AND GORSE.
GLENTAUCHERS 2004 GORDON MACPHAIL 43%
COLOUR: LIGHTEST GOLD.
NOSE: DRY MEADOW GRASSES MIX WITH BEESWAX POLISH AROMAS. SWEETNESS EVOLVES WITH TIME: WHITE CHOCOLATE AND VANILLA POD MINGLES WITH FRESH PEAR AND GREEN APPLE.
TASTE: A TROPICAL FRUIT CELEBRATION; MELON, KIWI, RIPE NECTARINE, AND GRAPEFRUIT FLAVOURS EACH TAKE A TURN IN THE LIMELIGHT. WARMING PEPPER DEVELOPS, OPENING INTO A DRYING CACAO POWDER EDGE.
FINISH: MEDIUM IN LENGTH; TOASTED OAK COMES TO THE FORE.
MORTLACH 15 Y GORDON MACPHAIL 43%
COLOUR: DARK GOLD.
NOSE: DISTINCTLY MALTY INITIALLY WITH FRESH AROMAS OF A WOODLAND HEDGEROW. DELICATE SHERRY NOTES LINGER AND WEAVE WITH RICH INDULGENT TOFFEE, SWEET LIQUORICE, AND ORANGE MARMALADE.
TASTE: REMINISCENT OF A BLACK FOREST CAKE: THE INITIAL SWEETNESS DEVELOPS INTO FRUITY BLACKCURRANT JAM, MARASCHINO CHERRY, AND CREAMY VANILLA. FRESHLY PEELED ORANGE NOTES ADD A FRESH LIFT.
FINISH: WELL ROUNDED; HINTS OF CANDIED CITRUS FRUITS AND OAK COMPLEMENT THE LINGERING MALTY EDGE.
GLENBURGIE 21 Y GORDON MACPHAIL 43%
COLOUR: DARK GOLD.
NOSE: NOTES OF BROWN SUGAR COVERED STEWED RAISINS MINGLE WITH HINTS OF ROASTED HAZELNUTS. DELICATE FLORAL AROMAS ARE COMPLEMENTED BY SWEET VANILLA AND FRESHLY CUT DRY HAY.
TASTE: FULL AND FRUITY; STEWED APPLE, CINNAMON, AND CLOVE FLAVOURS COME TO THE FORE INITIALLY. RIPE SUMMER BERRIES EMERGE AND COMBINE WITH FRESH MINT HIGHLIGHTS AND REFINED TOASTED MALT UNDERTONES.
FINISH: LONG WITH LINGERING CHARRED OAK AND A SUBTLE HERBAL EDGE.
LINKWOOD 15 Y GORDON MACPHAIL 43%
NOSE: FRUITY AND FRESH, DRY SHERRY, RIPE STRAWBERRY, AND RASPBERRY AROMAS HIGHLIGHTED BY A LIGHT LEMON-CITRUS EDGE. TANGY ORANGE MARMALADE DEVELOPS AND COMBINES WITH WARM CINNAMON AND TOFFEE.
TASTE: INITIALLY INTENSELY SWEET; MELLOWING WITH TIME AND THE GENTLE AND WARMING SPICE FLAVOURS OF CINNAMON AND CLOVE. CREAMY WHITE CHOCOLATE DEVELOPS AND ENTWINES WITH A JUICY TANGERINE EDGE .
FINISH: MEDIUM AND ROUNDED WITH FRESH HERBAL TONES AND A SLIGHTLY DRYING COCOA POWDER EDGE.