As one of Scotland’s oldest and most respected independent bottlers, Gordon & MacPhail represents a reliable source of quality Single Malts. The nose of this 8-year-old Highland Park is light and delicate with sour apricots, vanilla toffee and faint hints of smoke. Young, fresh and gingery in the arrival, the taste develops with honey sweetness, mango and traces of black pepper. Again, not much peat. A slightly dry and bitter aftertaste accompanies the clean but one-dimensional finish. I conclude that a few more years in the casks would have been very beneficial.
RATING: 3.2/5.0 stars ≙ 81 pts → AVERAGE [+]