Two New Gordon & MacPhail at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News

Whisky enthusiasts will want to home in on two new K&L Exclusive Sherry Casks from Gordon & MacPhail. These extremely limited bottlings from Clynelish and Scapa will be collector favorites for a long time to come. They are striking examples from two cherished distilleries, selected by one of the region’s preeminent bottlers, and delivered at cask strength.

2006 Clynelish 14 Year Old “Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseur’s Choice” K&L Exclusive Cask #310540 Single Refill Sherry Hogshead Nonchillfiltered Cask Strength Highlands Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $139.99 View

The Connoisseur’s Choice collection is an exceptional single cask perspective on the distillery’s own bottlings but offered at cask strength and unfiltered and with the added allure of that single cask selection made by Gordon & MacPhail—Scotland’s preeminent bottler. In this case, we have Clynelish at 14 years old—Diageo’s OB age statement. This single cask is a refill sherry hogshead, distilled Sunday, June 18th 2006 and bottled on Monday, November 30th, 2020. Yielding just 241 bottles at 55.5% ABV the color is dark gold, with aromas of fruitcake, citrus zest, and molasses that develop into cinnamon and ginger on the palate. A long finish hints at dark chocolate and candied nuts.

2000 Scapa 20 Year Old “Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseur’s Choice” K&L Exclusive Cask #1098 Single Refill Sherry Hogshead Nonchillfiltered Cask Strength Orkney Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $179.99 View

Distilled May 2nd, 2000 and bottled on November 30th, 2020 at 56.2% ABV. Scapa is Orkney’s “other distillery,” sitting just half a mile south of its famous neighbor, but it deserves to be recognized in its own right as one of Scotland’s great malts. An unusual still setup, water source, and island environs lend Scapa its unique character. The wash still is a Lomond still—one of only a handful of functional Lomond stills in Scotland. The spirit still is a more traditional onion bulb still. Unpeated and laden with Scapa’s signature honey flavors, this choice cask from Gordon & MacPhail is a treasure to behold. Aged in a refill sherry hogshead the whisky is rich with warm spices, chocolate, cooked fruits and salted nuts. Sweet marzipan, piquant black pepper, citrus peel and cherry compote dance across the palate. A finish of honey, apple pie, and sweet oak round out the whisky.

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