Whisky Review: Gordon and Macphail Connoisseurs Choice North British 1990 Aged 28 Years

Style: Sherry sweet and Spicy

Nose:

Strong entrance, distinctive meaty nose with grain signatures embedded within. Cured meat, raspberry jam and carrot cake cake filling up the body. Earthy nutmeg powdering on ginger shreds. Strong spirit spice, chilli, black peppercorn with a more subtle banana and tropical fruits hidden at a lower level.

Palate:

Dense sherry carried onto the palate, cranberries, coffee jelly, cola gummies and vanilla cream orbiting around a robust, grassy, grainy, earthy core. Tsao-ko and assorted herbal fruits fired up by feisty spices. Faint floral notes with a flash of Gin (?!) signatures towards the end.

Finish:

Raisins, toffee with some herbal, floral rims, things you would expect from a strong sherry cask.

Thoughts:

I don’t usually delve into Grain whiskies too much but there is always first time for everything. Now, this is a powerful North British brushed up heavily by a massive sherry puncheon, it feels the distillate starts it life at rather high filling strength but the sherry is strong enough to carry the spirit, a very different style of grain whisky I have tried so far, a relatively sherried and volatile dram which I won’t mind when I am in the mood for an alcohol spike.

✓ [Recommended if you like the Style/ Distillery]

[61.0% | 1990 Distilled | 2018 Bottled | Single Cask | Cask Strength | Single Grain Whisky | Batch 18/107 | 181 Bottles | Matured in First Fill Sherry Puncheon | Sample Tasting | T-]

-Esmond