First Impression: Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice BenRiach 1969 12 Years Old

[40%・Distilled in 1969・12 Years Old・Gordon & MacPhail Bottling]

Nose:

It’s astounding that for a young malt the nose carries such a musky perfume tone, rather alluring indeed. Still, there are traces of coarseness that sip out in time.. hay straws, burnt toast and dried flowers. Rounded with notes of cafe later and milk chocolate, the dram attains a fine fragrant balance gradually.

Palate & Finish:

Black Forest cake with cured cherries, the style is very G&M-esque. An extravaganza from Seville oranges with a subsequent introduction of rawer notes of hay straws and grain toast on the back end.

The finishing is rather subdued, the focus is slightly tilted towards the soft poached pears.

Thoughts:

Bottles like this make you wonder if it’s just a case of whiskies being made in an entirely different era or if there was something else happening that made this 12 year old so sophisticated, so pleasing.

-Nicholas