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Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Highland Park 2004

Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Highland Park 2004

A beautiful dram from Orkney distillery, Highland Park. This dram has such a wonderfully balanced smokiness to it, coupled with expressive fruit characters and a layered, complex finish. Another fantastic expression from G&M.

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  • Gordon & MacPhail is one of the most famous independent Whisky bottlers in the world today. While they also produce beautiful Speyside malts under their own label, Benromach, their history and reputation is firmly based in maturing and bottling malts acquired from various distilleries all over Scotland. The wonderful advantage of maturing and bottling from other distilleries is the range and freedom it gives them - rather than being tied down to one region or style, they offer whiskies from every region! Located in the North-East of Scotland, they have been bottling Single Malts for over 119 years.

    Passion for single malt Scotch whisky has been at the heart of Gordon & MacPhail's family business for four generations. The Connoisseur's Choice range is an ever-changing collection of unique perspectives on various distilleries - non-chill-filtered, single cask and small batch expressions bottled at cask strength and exceptional one-offs. For the malt whisky explorer, it promises a journey of discovery through different flavours, finishes, strengths and vintages.

    Highland Park is one of two distilleries that calls the Orkney Isles home. The whiskies made here are peated using a dense and heathery peat, that imparts an intense and complex floral smokiness. The new-make was put into a refill American Hogshead in 2004, and then bottled by G&M in 2018, at a cask strength of 58.8% ABV. The result is a smooth and fruity whisky underpinned by a lovely floral smoke.



    Batch 18/056 - 

    Intense sweet aromas of vanilla pod, ripe pear, and ginger accentuated with toasted malt, white chocolate, and subtle wisps of smoke.

    Taste: Cracked black pepper develops into flavours of ripe banana, red apples, and nectarine.Orange zest highlighted by chocolate, kiwi, and a subtle and lingering charred oak and smoke edge.

    Finish: Smooth and fruity with a touch of underlying smoke.


    Review for Batch 18/016 -

    'Nose: There’s plenty of fruit, leather, plum, then some drying peat, heather root and fragrant smoke. The alcohol is well-controlled. As it opens, so it gains in weight and seriousness, and drifts towards a beeswax-like maturity. Give it time and more funky undertones come through. Water doesn’t diminish the effect; there’s still plenty of rich, dark fruits, now with extra meatiness (jamon and pimentón), tonka and vetiver. Complex and balanced.

    Palate: Though cask-driven, the distillery character is never obscured. Water gives the smoked element more punch, while the fruits sweeten and deepen (into hedgerow jams now, along with a touch of liquorice and dusty ivy), but balanced by a gentle, tongue-coating honeyed element. Really good.

    For one of those long, mellow evenings when you Never Can Say Goodbye.'
    90 Points - Dave Broom, ScotchWhisky.com (Batch 18/016 tasted)