Malt Advocate Whisky Awards “Best Buy Whisky of the Year”: The MacPhail’s Collection
The MacPhail’s Collection (Tamdhu 8 year old, Glenrothes 8 year old, Highland Park 8 year old), 43%, $30-$35
If you’re a single malt scotch drinker, you know that prices have really shot up over the past decade—much more than inflation. Now it’s becoming a challenge to find a good tasting, mature single malt for around $30.
Given the current economy, along with the rise in whisky prices, consumers are looking for good values. You’re going to be seeing more companies putting young whiskies on the market (without age statements) at attractive prices. But be careful: some of these whiskies will taste too youthful and immature.
The MacPhail’s Collection is a range of single malt whiskies which have been distilled at selected distilleries and bottled by Gordon & MacPhail. As part of this collection, we now have three very nice new releases for around $30, all eight years old and nicely matured. All are aged in refill sherry casks, for just the right amount of sherry influence without dominating the flavor profile.
These aren’t just nice-tasting whiskies. I also like the variety in the flavor profiles—the fresh, appetizing Highland Park; the mouth-coating, stylish Glenrothes; and the nutty, toffee-enriched Tamdhu. And you can have all three for about $100.
A fourth MacPhail’s Collection expression, a Bunnahabhain , also 8 years old and from a refill sherry cask, is about to be released. More whiskies like this, please!
Tomorrow’s Malt Advocate Whisky Award announcement: Artisan Whiskey of the Year.