Gordon & MacPhail 1957 Strathisla

Country: Scotland
Region: Speyside
Type: Single Malt
Bottler: Gordon & MacPhail
ABV: 51.6%
Score: 94 points

Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection Ultra 1957 Strathisla. Photo ©2014 by Mark Gillespie. One of the four Private Collection Ultra releases in late 2014 to mark the transition between the third and fourth generations of Urquhart family members at Gordon & MacPhail. This 57-year-old single cask bottling comes from an ex-Sherry hogshead selected by Managing Director Michael Urquhart and his daughter Laura (G&M Brand Manager), and is the oldest known bottling of whisky from Strathisla. Only 61 bottles were produced.

The nose is nutty with walnuts and pecans, a hint of smoke, dried fruits, raisins, dried apples, and black cherries. The taste has a good balance of bitter berries, pears, oak, and a nice dustiness that builds up to a tingling, almost effervescent finish on the tip of the tongue with background hints of smoke and roasted coffee beans. A few drops of water opens the palate up nicely. (October, 2014)

 

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