G&M Speymalt Macallan 2002 20yo Single Cask #9544 55.9% 70cl
'Speymalt' is the brand name of any Macallan that has been released from independent maturers Gordon & MacPhail. Based in Elgin, G&M purchase new make spirit direct from distilleries and mature in their own selection of casks, thanks to over 100 years of relationships built up with distilleries, wineries and bodegas.
Impeccable care and attention is taken to ensure the whisky is of the highest quality, and on a regular occasion you can find some absolute bargains compared to 'official' releases, due to the fact they are often perceived as 'inferior' releases due to the lack of any official branding. As it happens, the liquid is often way better than mainstream bottlings, and G&M price their releases at a level which encourages drinking and enjoying rather than setting aside to make money.
This is a 20yo Macallan matured in a single first-fill Sherry cask with an outturn of only 242 bottles.
Nose: Rich fruitcake with orange oil and brow sugar aromas.
Palate: Sweet and smooth stewed berries, cocoa powder.
Finish: Long lingering oak spice