Gordon & MacPhail - MacPhail's Collection - Glenturret - 2002/2015

You might have seen some notes coming by from samples send over in the #WoodMTW campaign from Gordon & MacPhail, a great array of different kind of whiskies that they have available. Have a look at the website where they tell you more about this campaign. This time I will have a closer look at a whisky from the MacPhail's Collection from the Glenturret distillery, distilled in 2002, matured in first fill Sherry puncheons and bottled on the 21st of December 2015 at 43%. 

Young and fresh nose at first with notes of creamy lemon cheesecake, vanilla, candied mix of citrus fruits, kiwi fruit and some fresh grapefruit juice. But also an other side to it with a good syrupy feeling of tobacco, dried fruits, honey, raisins, oranges, peanuts and nougat. Somehow this is mixing quite good with the temperatures around 30 degrees we are having at the moment where I normally prefer some fresh G&T with good amount of ice.

From the palate I am getting these same kind of notes. Fresh but also syrupy sweet like maple syrup, creme brulee and tarte tatin all together in one byte. But another layer with spices is added to the mix with red pepper, black pepper, kurkuma, coriander and a hint of cumin seeds. I find the nose a bit more pleasant must say then the palate at this moment, it is dense and packed together, so I decided to add some water to it. 

With just a few drops the nose becomes more fruitier then before but also releases some tannin's that I picked up on the undiluted medium length finish before. The palate, when diluted a bit, is more open for sure and I can detect more fruit, honey and fudge sweetness in here. But still the tannin's remain on the finish combining in a total feeling lingering towards Christmas Cake. Scoring me a 7,5 out of 10. Lovely to be able to taste some from the Glenturret distillery. Thanks for sending it over Gordon & MacPhail! 

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