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Gordon & MacPhail (distilled at Old Pulteney) 21 year old, 43%

Price: $120 Issue: Winter 2011 Reviewer: Gavin Smith

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.