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Overall rating
85.71/100
votes
16
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Gold 106 - Pure Malt
Stated Age
10 years old
Strength
60.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
31 Jan 2010 4:26 pm
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 200,82

4 × in wishlist

16 × member ratings

22 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for MacPhail's 10-year-old GM

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.71 points

  1. CST1986 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    An old-fashioned, waxy, sweet-and-sour and complex cask strength whisky that shows the influence of very good casks and a great classy distillate. It has this savoury and spicy kick you won't find in many original bottlings nowadays (could well be a Mortlach). With water this whisky is one of the cloudiest I've ever seen.
    My bottling wasn't one of the very old ones (with screwcap), but it wasn't a very recent bottling either - my guess is around 2005...
    The quality is very high and apart from maybe Benromach 10yo 100 Proof there is no recent large-batch cask strength OB coming close to this.
    This malt is an easy 89 for me scratching the 90 on the palate.
    • Nose
      89 89
      A curtain of beeswax all over the nose, behind that baked apples, candied citrus, high quality caramel and a hint of marmite (it's a savoury one). With water it opens up even more, getting more complex and resinous - old-fashioned indeed - with rum-soaked raisins, butterscotch, wormwood, something dusty and earthy and again that very satisfying savoury aroma that in my opinion hints at Mortlach (could be, but could also be something else - other Speyside distilleries produced great beefy malt too).
    • Taste
      90 90
      If you sip it neatly this malt will hit you quite hard between the eyes, but if you taste just two or three drops and let them find their way on your tongue you'll get awarded with a wonderful, intense flavour, which is old-fashioned Speyside par excellence. Now there are some tropical fruits (mango, baked pineapple) intermingled with very ripe (or dried) apples, some orange zest and very waxy honey. You can feel just a hint of smoke and wood spice on the palate - generally this whisky tastes older than just 10 years. With water the flavour experience even intensifies, the mouthfeel is just excellent. The savoury side is more pronounced and the development is even better with water. This is very special and sends many a modern expression back to school.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, intense, sweet and waxy and slightly smoky/phenolic. Very satisfying.

  2. Highland 11 scored this whisky 87 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. Shumwai scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    A very well-balanced Speysider: straight and entertaining at the same time.
    • Nose
      Needs water. Straight, fragrant bourbon cask profile: some vanilla, apple peel, a slight dustiness, a sort of minerality. Very nice and lively notes of lager beer, otherwise no obvious signs of youth. Actually quite deep and entertaining.
    • Taste
      Surprisingly rich, again some beer-ish flavours. Silky, smooth. Milk chocolate. Faint earthy notes, clay.
    • Finish
      Again, surprisingly long and satisfying, deep and spicy. Earthy.

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