A selection of three vintage bottlings from Gordon & MacPhail in the Connoisseurs Choice range.
The ‘Connoisseurs Choice’ range broke innovative new ground, giving a platform to many of Scotland’s single malt distilleries from across all regions, some of which had never before been bottled as a single malt.
1. Glen Albyn 18 year old D. 1963 – B. 1981: 40% | 30ml: This Inverness malt distillery was a forerunner of innovation though sadly demolished in 1983. Of the new distilleries founded during the late 19th century, Glen Albyn was notable for its uniquely shaped worm tubs, which were shaped into the letter D with the flat side down to cool the spirit quickly. It was also one of the first distilleries to introduce Saladin box maltings, along with its neighbour, Glen Mhor.
2. Cragganmore 14 year old D. 1971 – B. 1985: 40% | 30ml: Cragganmore uses lightly peated malt, long fermentation, unusually shaped stills and worm tubs to produce a rich, meaty new make which adds a mix of citrus, spice and fruit as it matures. A stunning bottling that will be sadly missed.
3. Glencadam 20 year old D. 1987 – B. 2007: 43% | 30ml: Glencadam’s new make character of flowers and pear drops is a direct result of a distillation regime that maximises reflux – the lyne arms on the stills are angled upwards. Its mature character, especially when matured in refill American oak (of which this release is), has a soft buttery quality that adds a silkiness to the palate.