Old Pulteney 21 Year Old Gordon & MacPhail Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Gordon & MacPhail bottled a 21 year old expression from Scotland's northernmost mainland distillery for the U.S. market earlier this year. Sweet on the nose, with honey and vanilla; fleetingly, stewed apricots and peaches, plus a hint of caramel. Intensely focused, sweet tropical fruits on the palate, with barley sugar. Becoming nuttier, with an edge of mixed spices. Spice fading to milk chocolate in the medium-length finish, with just a suggestion of brine.
Remember that this is not the "whisky of the year" distillery version, but rather a less sweet and far more complex expression from refill-Bourbon casks. Almost herbal in its litheness, the absence of sherry allows the delicate fruit and subtle vanilla to shine through. The fact that G&M owns the rights to so many original vintage distillery labels makes this bottle even cooler--this was the actual OP label from the early 1900s!