Connoisseurs Choice

Connoisseur’s Choice is one of the oldest and most emblematic range of independent bottlings in the world. First created by George Urquhart of Gordon & MacPhail in 1968 to sit alongside the company’s licensed distillery bottlings as a way to showcase smaller batch examples of single malt from a greater variety of distilleries. The first releases covered only a handful of distilleries. This rose to around 20 different distilleries by the late 1970s when the livery changed from the old black and red label to the brown label. By 1987 there were 69 different expressions in the range and it was fast becoming an important part of Gordon & MacPhail’s business. The series has been characterized over the years as small batch (often only 2-3 casks) production bottled at 40% or 43%. It is hard to pick famous examples as there are just so many terrific whiskies which have been bottled in this range over the years. To name but a few we could site the incredible 1972 Broras, the majestic 1930s single malts such as Mortlach 43 year old or Glenlossie 43 year old. The 1952 Royal Lochnagar and the 1963 Ardbegs are also magnificent. The range has been criticized over the years for its lower bottling strengths and use of filtration and caramel. However, no one can deny the influence and importance of this famous, long-standing range of whiskies. Today it has upped its bottling strength to 46% and many great whiskies still appear under its name.

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  1. Glendullan 1993-2018 | 25 Year Old | Connoisseurs Choice Cask Strength

    £170.00 £141.67
    • Strength 56.2%
    • Region Speyside
    • Bottle Size 70cl
  2. Pulteney 1998-2018 | 19 Year Old | Connoisseurs Choice Cask Strength

    £132.00 £110.00
    • Strength 57.5%
    • Region Highland
    • Bottle Size 70cl
  3. Macduff 2000-2018 | 18 Year Old | Connoisseurs Choice Cask Strength

    £102.00 £85.00
    • Strength 58.4%
    • Region Highland
    • Bottle Size 70cl
  4. Glen Scotia 1992-2018 | 26 Year Old | Connoisseurs Choice Cask Strength

    £189.00 £157.50
    • Strength 55.5%
    • Region Campbeltown
    • Bottle Size 70cl
  5. Caol Ila 2003-2018 | 14 Year Old | Connoisseurs Choice Cask Strength

    £95.00 £79.17
    • Strength 55.6%
    • Region Islay
    • Bottle Size 70cl
  6. Benromach 1965 | 14 Year Old | Connoisseurs Choice

    £550.00 £458.33
    • Strength 70 proof
    • Region Speyside
    • Bottle Size 75cl
  7. Glenugie 1966 | 15 Year Old | Connoisseurs Choice

    £950.00 £791.67
    • Strength 40%
    • Region Highland
    • Bottle Size 75cl
  8. Royal Lochnagar 1952 | 30 Year Old | Connoisseurs Choice

    £1,200.00 £1,000.00
    • Strength 40%
    • Region Speyside
    • Bottle Size 75cl
  9. Lochside 1965 | 20 Year Old | Connoisseurs Choice

    £1,200.00 £1,000.00
    • Strength 40%
    • Region Highland
    • Bottle Size 75cl
  10. Mortlach 1936 | 43 Year Old | Connoisseurs Choice

    £4,000.00 £3,333.33
    • Strength 70 proof
    • Region Speyside
    • Bottle Size 75cl
  11. Benromach 1965 | 14 Year Old | Connoisseurs Choice

    £550.00 £458.33
    • Strength 70 proof
    • Region Speyside
    • Bottle Size 75cl
  12. St Magdalene 1964 | 18 Year Old | Connoisseurs Choice

    £1,200.00 £1,000.00
    • Strength 40%
    • Region Lowland
    • Bottle Size 75cl