Macallan is justly famous these days for its exceptional single malts but it hasn’t always been this way. In its earlier history Macallan whisky was mostly used up in blends and it wasn’t until the 1980s that they decided to focus on their single malt brand. Given the strong demand for this dram it’s not usual for Macallan to share their casks around, but their partnership with Gordon and MacPhail goes back decades. Gordon and MacPhail used to help out Macallan in the lean years of the 1930s and 1940s by continuing to place a regular order no matter what. Macallan were clearly grateful for this lifeline and Gordon and MacPhail have enjoyed special access to a very limited number of casks. These bottles have proved hugely popular and it’s rare to see independently bottled Macallan around these days. In fact, only 246 bottles of this Macallan 20 Years Old Gordon & MacPhail Speymalt 2000 Cask 1776 were produced. It has a nose of fruitcake and brown sugar complimented by orange zest. The palate has flavours of raspberry, cherry and cocoa powder with a gorgeously long finish of marzipan and spice.