Our good friends at Gordon & MacPhail sent along these three new independently-bottled single malt whiskys for our consideration. Naturally we oblige them with our fair-minded coverage.
Gordon & MacPhail Benromach 10 Years Old is a privately bottled whisky from a relatively quiet Speyside distillery. It’s clearly young, with a bit of bite on the tongue and a lack of cohesion, but it’s a whisky that grows on you with its rugged character. A kind of nutmeg finish and a lot of wood, but very little peat, makes this a curio worth a try. Would like to have tried this after another 4-5 years in cask. 86 proof. B+ / $TBD
Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection Caol Ila 10 Years Old Madeira Finish continues the minor trend of finishing Scotch in Madeira casks. This one spends 20 months in Madeira casks, giving it a very big Madeira character to reckon with. There’s a surprising vanilla character in the mix, but the finish is really wine-like. At 90 proof, it feels a little on the rough side. B+ / $75
Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection Caol Ila 10 Years Old Port Finish is the flipside to the Madeira finish Scotch, spending 20 months in Port pipes before bottling. It’s a much darker Scotch, a pretty, deep amber that is matched by a lush, rich body. It’s not overly Port-like, with smooth honey, caramel, and chocolate character. Not much bite, it goes down way too easy. I love this malt. 90 proof. A / $75