Gordon & MacPhail Discovery Range - Bourbon

The Discovery Range’s colour-coding tells you about the whisky inside each bottle at a glance. The Range is sorted by flavour profiles, with green packaging denoting ex-bourbon cask maturation. Bourbon casks are the most commonly-used type of casks used in the Scotch whisky industry, and are usually filled and refilled several times in their lifetime.

Bourbon barrels hold about 200 litres of spirit, and after they arrive in Scotland they are usually rebuilt with extra staves into larger casks called Hogsheads, which hold around 250 litres. Bourbon cask-matured whiskies usually have sweet flavours of creamy vanilla, honey, caramel and toffee, balanced by peppery spices.

Tomatin 2009-2021 Discovery Range

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Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky Bottled by: Gordon & MacPhail 70cl / 43%

The revival at Tomatin in the last 10-15 years has been great to see- it's fantastic that this top quality Highland single malt has begun getting the attention and credit it deserves.

For anyone who hasn't tried Tomatin's lovely Highland malt, this Gordon & MacPhail Discovery series bottling of the Tomatin 2009 vintage would be a great place to start, having been bottled in 2021 by G&M at a welcoming 43% from a batch of bourbon casks at 11 or 12 years old. Just like its predecessor from the 2007 vintage, this Tomatin 2009 from G&M will be a great value dram.

Aultmore 10 Year Old Discovery Range

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Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky Bottled by: Gordon & MacPhail 70cl / 43%

Aultmore is an often-overlooked Speyside distillery whose day job is making high quality Speyside single malt for owner Dewar's blended whiskies. In recent times more official Aultmores have appeared, but thankfully there are still occasional indie bottlings as well, such as this Aultmore 10-year-old bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for their Discovery range.

As the name would suggest, if you haven't tried it yet this is an ideal way to discover the delights of Aultmore - a 10-year-old ex-bourbon cask matured Aultmore at an easy-drinking 43%.

Gordon & MacPhail Discovery Range - Sherry

The striking purple packaging on some bottles in Gordon & MacPhail’s Discovery Range is colour-coded to denote that the whisky inside has been sherry-matured, giving a very different flavour profile to the Bourbon-matured malts in the range.

Sherry casks are larger than bourbon casks - the standard size cask is called a Butt and holds around 500 litres, about twice the size of a bourbon hogshead (although sherry hogsheads are also used sometimes for maturing Scotch whisky). There are lots of different types of sherry, of course, but most sherry-matured whiskies will have notes of dried fruit such as raisins, prunes and dates, as well as citrus, nuts and spices like clove, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Miltonduff 10 Year Old Discovery Range

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Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky Bottled by: Gordon & MacPhail 70cl / 43%

A 10-year-old Miltonduff whisky bottled at 43% by Gordon & MacPhail for their Discovery Range, which was created in 2018 to give an introduction to their portfolio. The range is coded by flavour/cask type - Bourbon, Sherry, and Smoky - with this Miltonduff 10-year-old's purple packaging indicating sherry cask maturation.

The other great thing about the Discovery range is the whiskies' extremely reasonable prices, ensuring accessibility for new whisky fans and making the whole range a bargain for both new whisky fans and experienced drammers looking for affordable high quality everyday whiskies.

Bunnahabhain 11 Year Old Discovery Range

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Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky Bottled by: Gordon & MacPhail 70cl / 43%

An 11-year-old Bunnahabhain bottled at 43% by Gordon & MacPhail for their Discovery Range of accessible, inexpensive easy-drinking single malt whiskies.

The Discovery Range is colour-coded, with this Bunnahabhain 11-year-old's purple packaging indicating sherry maturation. Gordon & MacPhail's whiskies are usually very sensibly priced but even by their standards this looks like superb value for money. 

Gordon & MacPhail Discovery Range - Smoky

The third and final flavour profile in Gordon & MacPhail’s Discovery Range is Smoky whiskies, which are distinguished by their grey packaging and labels. The Smoky flavour profile of these whiskies comes not from the cask type used for maturation, but from the peat smoke used to dry the barley before distillation.

Although peated whiskies are also matured in sherry or bourbon casks, the peat smoke usually has more influence on a young whisky's character, imparting a range of smoky aromas and flavours (called phenols) that can range from wet turf or cereal to bonfires, soot, tar and medicinal aromas like iodine or bandages.

Bunnahabhain 10 Year Old Discovery Range

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Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky Bottled by: Gordon & MacPhail 70cl / 43%

A 10-year-old heavily peated Bunnahabhain bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for their splendid Discovery Range, which gives whisky lovers a tour of various flavour profiles and characters and showcases what Gordon & MacPhail are good at.

The Discovery Range is colour-coded for easy recognition, with this Bunnahabhain 10-year-old's grey packaging indicating a Smoky flavour profile. As ever with G&M, the prices are profoundly reasonable, and the whisky's quality will delight new fans and experienced quaffers alike.

Ledaig 12 Year Old Discovery Range

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Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky Bottled by: Gordon & MacPhail 70cl / 43%

Tobermory distilleries peated single malt Ledaig is really having a moment in the sun, and here come Gordon & MacPhail with a 12-year-old bottling for their fantastic Discovery Range that's sure to be one of the best of the lot.

The Discovery Range really is one of G&M's best creations - they're terrific whiskies and they can't be beat on value for money. Each Discovery Range bottling is colour coded for ease of reference: Green for bourbon, Purple for sherry, Grey for smoky.

For anyone looking to get into single malt whisky there couldn't be better way to start than with these Gordon & MacPhail Discovery bottlings. The really brilliant thing about them, though, is that they're a great value buy for experienced whisky fans as well. Bravo, G&M.

Caol Ila 13 Year Old Discovery Range

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Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky Bottled by: Gordon & MacPhail 70cl / 43%

A 13-year-old Caol Ila bottled at 43% by Gordon & MacPhail for their Discovery Range of great value, accessible single malt whiskies. The Discovery Range is colour-coded, with this Caol Ila 13-year-old's grey packaging indicating a Smoky flavour profile.

We were so impressed when trying the whiskies from the Discovery Range that we could not believe the RRP. In our opinion, these Gordon & MacPhail bottlings are better than a lot of whiskies at twice the price, and are a must for anyone looking to get into single malt whisky.