A Hodge Podge of G&M Casks

 Quite a few samples of different malts landed at WI towers quite some while ago, nothing in common (other than bottling dates circa 2014/15), and belonging to the entry level series (Connoisseurs Choice / The MacPhail’s Collection) which means they are quite affordable. But do they offer a good VFM? let’s try and see: 

glenallachie-1999-bottled-2015-connoisseurs-choice-gordon-and-macphail-whiskyGlenallachie 1999 (bottled 2015) – Connoisseurs Choice , 46% abv , £41

Nose: A mix of citrus and creamy notes with lemon pie, creamy vanilla and dine wood. Hint of coconut and peach and pear drops.
Palate :toasted oak, spice and pepper. Vanilla and creamy malt. Then more cracked peppercorns and ripe fruit.
Finish : fruit, oak and vanilla,  bitter chocolate.
Not a bad dram, but not exceptional either. A nice daily dram for summer.

Score: 82/100


Craigellachie 1997 (bottled 2014) – Connoisseurs Choice , 46% abv , £53craigellachie-1997-bottled-2014-connoisseurs-choice-gordon-and-macphail-whisky

Nose : quite light and tropical with pear,  Kiwi and lime, icing sugar and vanilla sugar.
Palate : spicy entry that subsides and turns to Sweeter., fruity and Sweeter notes. Some wood, and a hint of smoke, chocolate and wood char.
Finish : spicy fruit salad.
That’s a notch better, with the fruity, sweet and chocolate-y note. I’ve had better Craigellachie though.

Score: 83/100

Glenturret 2002 (bottled 2015) – The MacPhail’s Collection , 43% abv , £33

Nose : sherry. That’s given. Dried fruit mainly sultana and candied apple on a stick.
Palate : sherry with orange marmalade and a bit liquor infused chocolate, caramel candy and spice with a hint of wood char.
Finish : milk chocolate, mint.
A rather generic sort of sherried dram. Not bad, but also nothing new. at 33 quid, one can’t ask for much more nowadays, or can we?

Score: 82/100

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