Overall rating
83.83/100
votes
14
Whiskybase ID
WB115262
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Connoisseurs Choice - Miniature
Vintage
1970
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
50 ml
Label
Brown Label
Added on
15 jul 2018 4:56 pm by Thorgal
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 48.24

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14 × member ratings

14 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Mosstowie 1970 GM

8 users have left 8 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 83.83 points.

  1. rpvdwel scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  2. sengaia scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A great nosing whisky offering a rich set of old school aromas; wax, berries, and cut flowers. Wood oils too after a while. The palate is a simple yet pleasant affair, with oak and mint notes dominating.

  3. JacobaEd scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  4. Hvdree scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  5. hs305 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2021] If you look through the small window of the door at the Miltonduff still house you will notice an upward iron stair to the left and if the window is somewhat cleaned (which happens not that often) you can spot two stills in the darkness right behind that stair. Actually, this is the place where the two Lomond stills stood which produced the Mosstowie malt until 1981 - before they were replaced by another pair of traditional pot stills to enlarge the production of the Miltonduff malt.

    The old four Miltonduff stills hide more left and you can see them after you climbed that stair only (provided someone lets you in, which again does not happen very often because Miltonduff distillery is the headquarter of Chivas Brothers and too many too serious Pernod Ricard managers running around there all day long, except on Sundays - this is what the still man told me on a sunny Sunday afternoon (a long time ago).

    2005, in the early times of whiskyfun good old Serge scored this a mere 74 points and looking at all the high scores he places on today's underaged and standardised drams I wonder if his scoring system really stayed consistent over all these years. I remember a 88 points only score for a truly delicate Bowmore vintage 1957 from around the same time - which seems to be his average score on a lot of young stuff today. Did malt whisky truly improve that much over the last decades? Most connoisseurs (I know) see it rather the other way around, blaming it on the industrialisation of production with focus on alcohol yield over quality and (marketing-driven) standardisation of the once very different malt profiles.

    So do not take any scores (including mine) overly serious, because everything is subject to both changing preferences and tasting capabilities (sensitivity of olfactory cells and taste buds) over time. By the way, I still like such old austere spirit-driven stuff.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The colour is pale gold and the nose offers a traditional old Highland style profile with lots of grassy, waxy, honeyed, summer floral, herbal and spicy aromas in a quite impressive mix, not too bad for such a low abv actually. There are some nice OBFs (lacquer paint) too, and some shy fruits dare to leave the dark after a little breathing time.
    • Taste
      85 85
      The taste is much simpler but still pretty nice with lots of sugars, caramel and spicy woods. After some chewing honeys and shy fruits pop up again and the sugars combine to a note of milk chocolate and toffee. Water turns both nose and taste rather flat as could be expected given the already low abv. Nice stuff to quaff, but not very interesting to be honest.
    • Finish
      84 84
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and coating with some bitter-drying moments (tannins). The finish is of medium length and adds more waxy and resinous flavours which turn it more to the bitter side. No fruits or honeys anymore, but herbs and spices are still lovely. Like the initial mouthfeel it gets a little bitter-drying but this is not a major deal (unless you are tired or stressed in which case your taste buds are more sensitive than normal).

  6. Jackson05 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Damn, this sucker is punchy for 40%. What the hell did they do to make such powerful 40%ers? Cool mini. It’s got the old bottle flavour, a little cardboard and root vegetable, honey, and then the white pepper. Even though it’s not overly impressive score wise, whisky doesn’t taste like this anymore.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Lovely nose. Actually has a decent punch for 40%. Honey, herbs for sure, bay leaf perhaps. Carrot pulled right from the dirt. Cool nose. A little spicy actually, horseradish root, a little cardboard, peach, white flowers.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Creamed honey, milk chocolate, chilies, white pepper, thin mouthfeel. Simple.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Cherry, fresh, vanilla, white pepper, wasabi. Pretty short, but pleasant.

  7. yorkieterror scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Lightly dusty on the nose but not a predominant old bottle smell, well toasted bread crumbs give way to a slightly herbal and almost metallic (copper?) smell. Clearly low in ABV on the nose but doesn’t fall flat for 40%.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Sweetness and hints of a rich chocolate followed by a metallic, copper minerality that lingers there too.
    • Finish
      79 79
      A bitter and slightly drying finish.

  8. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
      Very closed, but there are straw, grass, and a shy hint of sour fruits.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Thin mouthfeel but rather good tasting -- some OBE perhaps, a sliver of something metallic, but it's pretty easy drinking and smooth. Probably has dipped below 40% abv by now.
    • Finish
      83 83
      A bit flat and bitter at the end. Not that great.

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