CLYNELISH REFILL AMERICAN HOGSHEAD 1989 G&M 49.3%
For more than 120 years, Gordon & Macphail has been driven by a simple mission: to create single malt scotch whisky of exceptional quality.
Colour: lightest gold.
Aroma: tart apple and deep vanilla give way to creamy custard. Tropical fruits and ripe banana are complemented by a subtle icing sugar edge.
Taste: grapefruit initially, giving way to a light herbal quality and malted cereal. Sweet banana and creamy fudge lead to an undertone of freshly baked bread.
Finish: long with lingering tropical fruit and delicate hazelnut.
This independent bottler is without a doubt one of the most highly acclaimed in Scotland. It stands out, not for its age (though it is the oldest independent bottler in Scotland), but for its complete mastery of cask ageing. Gordon & MacPhail is the only bottler to have its own casks – carefully chosen for the purpose – filled by the distilleries themselves, instead of simply buying the ones suggested to them by the latter. This allows it to determine, in advance and with great precision, exactly how many years a whisky will need to reach ideal maturation.
Created in 1968 by whisky visionary, ‘MrGeorge’ Urquhart, the Connoisseurs Choice range has featured more than 2,000 bottlings from almost 100 Scottish distilleries.
Each Connoisseurs Choice whisky’s story is told through its label: cask type, bottling date, strength, vintage and tasting note.
Always non-chill-filtered, these rare single cask and small batch expressions have been created by Gordon & MacPhail’s unique expertise in matching spirit to oak casks, handed down through four generations of the same family.