In the 1960s George Urquhart, one of the first of four generations of the Urquhart family to shape the future of Gordon & MacPhail, pioneered a range of single malt Scotch whiskies, which he selected, matured, and bottled. In doing so, he effectively invented a category in a market previously focused entirely on blended whiskies.
The ‘Connoisseurs Choice’ range broke innovative new ground, giving a platform to many of Scotland’s distilleries, some of which had never before been bottled as a single malt.
These single cask and small batch expressions are genuine one-offs.
Every bottle tells its life story through its label: cask type, bottling date, strength, vintage, and tasting note. Always non-chill-filtered and bottled at natural colour.
Caol Ila 2004 Wood Finish
Aroma: Complex and fruity: light peat smoke and dry cured meats mix with vanilla pod revealing cranberries, redcurrants and delicate orange blossom. A dried apricot and plum edge develops.
Taste: Creamy, hints of liquorice and warming pepper transform into spicy oak notes. Chocolate, ripe raspberry, and blackcurrant transform with gentle beeswax undertones.
Finish: Long, forest fruits mature into lingering peat smoke infused with charred oak and bonfire embers.
Balblair 1993 Cask Strength
Aroma: Rich and sherried: juicy plum mixes with clove and cinnamon; brown sugar and fudge mature into red apple sprinkled with cocoa powder and an underlying citrus peel edge.
Taste: Creamy and smooth, stewed plum, raspberry, and apple combine with cinnamon and orange peel, hints of roasted chestnuts transform into tart cherry and oak.
Finish: Long and spicy with lingering dark chocolate.
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