I deliberate to publish a brand new cognac session with seven current bottlings in the present day, however that shall be postponed to Friday – keep tuned. It additionally seems in the present day is my birthday. At all times a pleasant event to have one thing particular, proper?
I picked this MacPhail’s 1951, an undisclosed single malt which Gordon & MacPhail launched round 1990-1991. All types of vintages exist with the identical label: 1945, 1946, 1950, 1964, 1973 and so forth, verify Whiskybase. Based on rumours, at the very least a few of them are Macallan whisky in disguise.
After all there’s additionally the MacPhail’s 1959/1960 Royal Wedding ceremony. Simply 40% ABV – in these days solely the Italians had been used to cask energy bottlings.
MacPhail’s 39 yo 1951 (40%, Gordon & MacPhail +/- 1991)
Nostril: a pleasant previous sherry cask, beginning on Havana cigars together with a bit smoke, earlier than shifting to Christmas cake, caramelized nuts and leather-based. Additionally natural notes, whiffs of steel polish and some drops of natural liqueur (all of which could be an previous bottle impact). What’s nice is that there’s a beautiful fruitiness beneath, with dried apricots, nectarine, honeydew melon and vibrant orange peels. Very expressive with an important stability.
Mouth: a bit delicate however not weak. Right here once more you get a pleasant (refill?) sherry type, on blackberry, marmalade, plum and raisin. It’s not overtaking the spirit although, leaving room for caramelized nuts and a few oily natural notes. The, there’s nonetheless a touch of smoke with a properly dusty oaky contact. Later some candied citrus and praline because it goes down.
End: medium lengthy, balancing the natural notes (cough drops) with sweeter caramelized notes and a touch of chocolate.
So there you’ve it, some distilleries have all the time most well-liked to remain nameless once they offered casks to unbiased bottlers. Outdated Macallan? It actually has that type, and whereas it comes at a modest ABV it has loads of tales to inform. I assume this was fairly reasonably priced when it hit the market, and my birthday is the right day to ask for a time machine. Fairly please?