Gordon & MacPhail is an independent bottler and distiller of Scotch Whisky, founded in 1895 and located in Elgin in the north-east of Scotland. It is a family business owned by the Urquhart Family.
One of a few distilleries built to produce blending whisky, GlenAllachie (pronounced ‘Glen-al-ACK-ee’) was founded by Mackinlay, McPherson and Co to provide malt whisky for Mackinlay blends. The distillery stands in the heart of Speyside, at the foot of Ben Rinnes and in relatively close proximity to Aberlour. Both whisky distilleries draw their water from springs in the mountains.
Formally owned by Chivas Bothers, GlenAllachie was bought by the independent "GlenAllachie Distillers Company", which is operated by former BenRiach MD Billy Walker. Billy Walker is an industry legend, he has revitalised several mothballed distilleries including BenRiach and GlenDronach.
The GlenAllachie Distillers Co. was lucky enough to inherit a vast amount of aged stocks from the previous owners though Billy Walker has started to put his own stamp on the spirit. Fermentations and capacity have been slowed to produce a more fruity, refined spirit for the future.
This release has been bottled specially by Elgin based independent bottlers Gordon & MacPhail, as part of their Connoisseurs Choice range. This expression was distilled in 2008 and was put down to mature in a refill American oak hogshead for 13 years. Part of a limited release of 411 bottles, this whisky has been bottled free from chill filtration and artificial colourings at a strength of 46% abv.
Nose: Sweet malt, supported by banana and vanilla custard, with apple skin and some caramel.
Palate: Oak spice and cooked pear tart, with a touch of melted milk chocolate.
Finish: Pepper appears on the finish alongside tangy tropical fruit.