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Winter 2022 Collectibles: Littlemill, Gordon & MacPhail, Rosebank

Winter 2022 Collectibles: Littlemill, Gordon & MacPhail, Rosebank

January 9, 2023 –––––– Melanie Schwenk, , , ,

In every issue of Whisky Advocate, we select three bottles to recommend as collectibles: whiskies that are generally limited releases and show the most potential to gain in value. For Winter 2022, the top choices all come from Scotland, specifically the Lowlands and Speyside. For all whiskies reviewed in the Winter 2022 issue, check out the full Buying Guide.

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Littlemill 45 year old 250th Anniversary Release
95 points, 41.8%, $12,000

Honeysuckle, butterscotch, vanilla, and plenty of rich oak aromas are supported by toffee, soft oak spices, almond paste, and grapefruit peel. On the palate, there is exceptional smoothness and weight, the oak never dominating. It’s sweet, with a syrup-like texture and flavors of lime-forward citrus, orchard fruit, vanilla, toffee, nutmeg, French Chantilly cream, and Werther’s Originals. A mouth-coating finish thick with cream, apple tart, and soft oak. (250 bottles)—Jonny McCormickGordon-_-MacPhail-1949-from-Milton-Distillery_Bottle_White-LR-(1)_600.jpg

Gordon & MacPhail 1949 72 year old (Distilled at Milton Distillery)
93 points, 48.6%, $65,000

Lush aromatic fruit: apple, wild cherry, red apple, orange, aged sherries, and spiced Scandinavian biscuits. The flavor journey begins with a weighted silky mouthfeel offering butterscotch, red apple, and honey, then peel oils, citrus, nutmeg, cinnamon, poached pear, clove, and apple pie. The sweetness levels dip into cherry, black currant, toffee bananas, subtle smokiness, and a long finish of dried fruits and old sherry. (180 bottles)—Jonny McCormick Rosebank-31-year-old_600.jpg

Rosebank 31 year old
91 points, 48.1%, $3,300

The second Ian Macleod release ahead of Rosebank Distillery’s reopening has a mellow nose of vanilla, caramel, and zested orange, the caramel melting to butterscotch, with florals and dried tropical fruits. Sweet honey and vanilla on the palate, with banana chip, pineapple, soft oak, and gentle pepperiness, it soothes the taste buds with layers of toffee, oak, rum and raisin, and vanilla cream.—Jonny McCormick