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Gordon & MacPhail Unveil A Couple Of Unique Christmas Drams

15th November 2019
Just in time for the festive season Gordon & MacPhail has unveiled two new unique single malts under their Connoisseurs Choice banner, a Old Pulteney 1999 and a rarely seen independent bottling of The Glenlivet from 2004.

Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Old Pulteney 1999 & Glenlivet 2004

Gordon & MacPhail, the Scottish family owned and run Speyside based independent whisky maker and bottler has unveiled a pair of unique bottling's from its iconic Connoisseurs Choice range just in time for Christmas. The first new Connoisseurs Choice offering is a 1999 vintage from the Highland region Old Pulteney Distillery in Wick, this is joined by a bottling from a distillery in Speyside from which we rarely see independent bottling's, the Connoisseurs Choice 2004 vintage from The Glenlivet distillery.

Stephen Rankin, Director of Prestige at Gordon & MacPhail said: "These Connoisseurs Choice releases are exceptional one-offs from some of Scotland’s most admired distilleries and are the perfect gift for whisky fans looking to explore and try unique, never-to-be-repeated expressions that are unavailable anywhere else.

"Passion for single malt Scotch whisky has been at the heart of our family business for four generations, with each sprit hand-selected from distilleries and matched with our casks before being patiently monitored throughout the maturation process, bottled only when it is ready.

"This careful process has resulted in a huge variety of vintages, finishes, flavours and strengths, creating something for every palate.”

Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Old Pulteney 1999

Located in the far north of the Scottish Highlands, Old Pulteney Distillery was established in 1826 in the historic Caithness fishing port of Wick. Known as a ‘maritime malt’, the liquid, distilled in close proximity to the coast, has an edge of salt to its otherwise sweet and malty style.

The Gordon & MacPhail 1999 from Old Pulteney Distillery is a warm and rich 19 year old whisky laid down on 26 October 1999 in cask no.1457, a refill Sherry butt. Spending its whole life in the hand-selected cask, the liquid is said to have taken on the spiced fruit aromas reminiscent of the festive season.

Bottled at 56.5% ABV, a limited release of 554 bottles, it has a RRP of £141.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Rich sherry aromas combine with hazelnut and creamy milk chocolate. a floral note develops alongside sweet honey and cinnamon with a refreshing hint of mint.

Taste: Initially smooth and sweet with stewed fruit flavours. a hint of zesty lemon develops, complementing subtle almond notes with an undertone of mouth-warming black pepper.

Finish: Long and lingering with nuances of warming spice.

Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Glenlivet 2004

The Glenlivet is one of the Gordon & MacPhail’s longest standing relationships, dating back to the 1930s when Glenlivet was one of only three operational distilleries in Scotland.

Only 162 bottles are available of this 14 year old whisky from what has grown to become one of Speyside’s most sought-after distilleries and a distillery from which it is very rare to see an independent bottling from these days. Following selection, the spirit was matched with refill bourbon barrel no.800670 and laid down on 10 November 2004.

A 14 year maturation in an ex-bourbon cask is said to have left the whisky with fresh, wooded and sweet aromas combined with delicate floral notes from the distillation.

Bottled at probably one of the highest strengths you are ever likely ti find for a single malt of this age from the Glenlivet distillery, 64% ABV, a limited release of 162 bottles, it has a RRP of £101.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Delicate notes of lavender accompany creamy vanilla and fresh herbs. cracked black pepper complements notes of brown sugar. hints of custard develop with nuances of oak.

Taste: Milk chocolate compliments fragrant peach notes with almonds developing and leading to a hint of lime. Undertones of banana and custard linger.

Finish: A long sweet and nutty finish with lime and hazelnut.

You will find the current Gordon & MacPhail portfolio of whisky available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

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