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Single Malts from Mackillop's Choice Independent Bottler

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Just starting to catch up with some new whiskies in the shop.

Mackillop’s Choice

I was introduced to this independent bottler at tasting at the beginning of the year and I was so impressed I got some in.  These aren’t new bottling but they are all impressive.

Mackillop's Choice Benrinnes 1989 15 Years Old (58.8%, £58.95)

An unusual Benrinnes as it is from a straight Bourbon cask which lets more of the spirit character comes through.

Nose: Salt, shortbread, toffee, digestive biscuits and pencils.

Taste: Vanilla, toffee, cream, panacotta, sponge cake and lemon curd.

Finish: Salt, syrup and brandy cream.

Mackillop's Choice Bowmore 1989 18 Years Old (57.4%, £89.95)

As  big a perfumed smoky Bowmore as you will find anywhere with some additional notes added from the sherry cask.

Nose: Warm roads, dark treacle, smoky bacon crisps with salt, black pepper corns.

Taste: Perfumed smoke and spice, cream, lavender and potpourri.

Finish: Smoldering embers and coffee with crispy streaky bacon.

Mackillop's Choice Highland Park 1991 15 Years Old (53.9%, £78.95)

A very well put together Highland Park.

Nose: Hot fudge. Treacle biscuits. Ready salted crisps. Vanilla custard creams. Hints of cordite and heather smoke.

Taste:  Sweet. Honey. Creamy. Raisins and caramel.

Finish: Hot smoke and cream.

Mackillop's Choice Macallan 1988 18 Years Old (55.5%, £97.50)

A complex Macallan where the sherry is balanced by a range of other flavours which all brought to mind baking.

Nose: Glace cherries, plums, sweet pastry and freshly baked fruit cake.

Taste: Cream, fudge, raisins, spice, creme brulee and hot cross buns.

Finish: Hot scones with raisins.

By Mike Lord