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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

Pride Of The Regions

Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

Gordon & MacPhail can be regarded as  the World's Leading Malt Whisky Specialist, offering more than 450 presentations of own-bottled single malts, aged from five to 60 years old, and a stock holding of more than 700 whiskies.

 

The company has been in business for over 110 years and has remained independent and family-owned throughout its history.

 

James Gordon and John Alexander MacPhail announced the opening of their 'centrical and commodious premises' on South Street, Elgin, the whisky capital of the world, on 24th May 1895, promising to provide their customers with 'the utmost satisfaction' and guaranteeing 'a superior article at a popular price'.

 

Pride of the Regions

The 'Pride of the Regions' is a classic range of blended malts demonstrating the distinctive styles of the whisky producing regions - Strathspey, Orkney, Islay and the Lowlands.

 

A blended malt is a marriage of malt whiskies from different distilleries, as opposed to a single malt that is from just one distillery.

 

There has always been a steady demand for Blended or vatted malts (The term seen on some older bottlings), as some believe that they may be more consistent in style, where single malts vary from vintage to vintage. It has also been said that a blended malt is a good introduction to malt whisky.

 

PRIDE OF THE ISLAY

12Year Old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky 40%

The Island of Islay is the most southerly of the Hebridean Islands. Its plentiful supply of moorland peat and fertile farming land make it a perfect location for the production of whisky. Islay malts are renowned for their intensity. They tend to be big bodied, peaty and sometimes oily.

 

Pride of Islay is a classic Islay, but is mellower than some.

 

TASTING NOTE

Colour: Golden

 

Without Water

Nose: Smoky charred wood aromas with fruitiness underneath- peached/nectarine and spicy notes.

 

Palate: Smoky ashy flavours with hints of nuts with sweet notes developing.

 

With Water

Nose: Salty aromas (sea tangle) with hints of new wood with medicinal notes developing. Palate: Smoky with a softer nuttiness flavour - brazil/walnuts.

 

Body: Full

 

Finish: Slightly medicinal.

 

Whisky Style: Full of classic Islay aromas and flavours.

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PRIDE OF THE LOWLANDS

12Year Old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky 40%

Lowland whiskies are generally lighter than many of their counterparts produced in the Highlands, perhaps as they are largely unaffected by the harsher conditions found further north.

 

This blended malt reflects this and has actually been described as the perfect introduction to malt whisky.

 

TASTING NOTE

Colour: Golden

 

Nose: Sweet and fruity aromas with an underlying woodiness, floral tones also present.

 

Palate: Initially sweet with developing beer/hopps flavours,finishing floral.

 

Body: Light but balanced.

 

Finish: Floral.

 

PRIDE OF ORKNEY

12Year Old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky 40%

Scotland’s most Northerly distilleries are found on the remote, windswept Islands of Orkney. The label depicts St Magnus Cathedral; founded in 1137.The Cathedral is unusual as it houses the remains of its founder, Rognvald and its murdered patron Saint St Magnus.

 

TASTING NOTE

Colour: Rich amber.

 

Without Water

Nose: Aromatic, sherry - fruitcake with earthy/mossy elements.Leafy and dry grass aromas also present.

 

Palate: Spicy with roasted, malt/oak flavours. Rich fruit notes and a touch of smokiness.

 

With Water

Nose: Sweet and fruity - sherry and red apples. Vanilla pods,Liquorices sticks and perfumed aromas.

 

Palate: Smoky with perfumed notes. Slightly salty and some charred oak flavours.

 

Body: Medium.

 

Finish: Sherry hints with a touch of smoke.

 

Whisky Style: Easy, smooth drinking Malt Whisky.

 

PRIDE OF STRATHSPEY

12 Year Old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky 40%

Speyside is the undisputed heartland of whisky production with a huge concentration of distilleries. Speyside malts are renowned for their sophistication. This blended malt achieves a delicate balance between the various flavours in Speyside whiskies and contains some of the finest malts.

 

TASTING NOTE

Colour: Golden brown.

 

Without Water

Nose: Fruity - ripe green apples, touch of peat smoke and a sweet, vanilla edge.

 

Palate: Nutty with sweet, creamy flavours. Some spicy elements.

 

With water

Nose: Boiled fruit sweets, some sweet chocolate aromas.

 

Palate: Again nutty with hints of sherry wood, some sweetness-custard powder. Touch of smokiness.

 

Body: Medium, smooth.

 

Finish: Sweet.

 

Whisky Style: Easy, smooth drinking Malt Whisky.

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