Line product Gordon & Macphail Reserve
Archive TORMORE 1998

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Tasting note

  • Appearance : vieil or à reflets ambrés.
  • Nose : ferme, ses contours sont clairement dessinés. Parmi ceux-ci : du caramel, de la vanille et du bois brûlé. Son centre est composé de lait de coco, de fleur de courgette, de menthe et de tabac (cigare). Se prolonge sur la réglisse, le chocolat noir et la badiane.
  • Palate : plus onctueuse que le nez ne laissait supposer, elle se montre même gourmande (tarte au citron, noix de pécan). Un mélange subtil d’herbes fraîches (trèfle, luzerne) et d’épices (cardamome, gingembre, coriandre) est ensuite ponctué de notes salines. L’ensemble est remarquablement équilibré.
  • Overall : longue, pleine d’assurance. Son ossature est maltée et sa colonne vertébrale grillée. En cela, elle renvoie aux contours du nez. La noix de pécan est toujours présente, sont venus s’ajouter du toffee, de la meringue et des amandes. Finit en apothéose sur une composition florale (lilas, muguet, tilleul) et herbacée (marjolaine).
The brand

The brand

Founded in 1958 by the Long John Distillers group, Tormore was the first distillery to be built in the 20th century. Located on a curve in the road as you arrive in Grantown on Spey, it was designed by Sir Albert Richardson. The buildings are now listed. In 2005, it became the property of the Chivas Brothers group (Pernod Ricard) and contributes to the production of numerous blends, including Ballantine’s.

Merchant

This independent bottler is without a doubt one of the most highly acclaimed in Scotland. It stands out, not for its age (though it is the oldest independent bottler in Scotland), but for its complete mastery of cask ageing. Gordon & MacPhail is the only bottler to have its own casks - carefully chosen for the purpose - filled by the distilleries themselves, instead of simply buying the ones suggested to them by the latter. This allows it to determine, in advance and with great precision, exactly how many years a whisky will need to reach ideal maturation.

The line

Located in the heart of Speyside, Gordon & MacPhail have excellent business relations with the region’s main distilleries. Each one has a specific label, originally associated with a semi-official release. Another label enables specialists such as La Maison du Whisky to bottle single casks in accordance with their specifications. Called simply Gordon & MacPhail Reserve, this range has now introduced a different colour label for each production region.

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