In a nutshell:
A bottling by Gordon & Macphail of an Islay single malt.The lowdown:
Rather unusually for an Islay single malt this expression is led by the sherry cask influence rather than the smokiness more oftehn found. It's deliciously smooth and creamy and the warming cinnamon spice merges into flavours of chewy dates with walnut hints. The finish is smooth with a milk chocolate creaminess and lingering dried fruit hints.
Gordon & Macphail
are among the best known independent bottlers of Scotch Whisky and certainly very well regarded for the quality of their products. Independent bottlers are companies who purchase casks of whisky directly from distilleries and further age and bottle them under their own label for re-sale. Now quite a long standing practice in the Scotch Whisky industry it provides an interesting niche market and often brings to the market single malts from distilleries whose Scotches mainly go towards blends and are seldom otherwise seen.