Connoisseurs Choice is an old whisky label from Gordon & MacPhail’s portfolio.
It was introduced in the mid 1960s when the majority of Scottish malt distilleries supplied their whiskies for blending industry without even taking effort to market them as single malts. Toady, more than half a Century later, Connoisseurs Choice is still part of Gordon & MacPhail’s range and successfully competes with dozens of whisky labels. Royal Brackla presented here was distilled in 1970, when the distillery was still owned by DCL and just installed the second pair of stills. The whisky was aged in mix of American oak and European oak casks for 16 years and bottled at 40% abv.
Nose: sweet and fruity, apricots, plums, oranges, raisins, vanilla, caramel, cappuccino, licorice and fading hint of peat.
Palate: smooth, vanilla cream, toffee, milk chocolate, sweet cereals with honey, hard candy, baked apples, ripe grapes, hints of peat and oak tannins.
Finish: medium long, with notes of vanilla, caramel, summer fruit, licorice and delicate oaky dryness.