Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Celtic Series - Book of Kells
Stated Age
50 years old
Oak Casks
40.0 % Vol.
50 ml 750 ml
Added on
09 jun 2020 10:12 pm

Average value

€ 8456.01

9 × in wishlist

43 × member ratings

32 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Pride of Strathspey 1937 GM

5 users have left 6 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 93.71 points.

  1. MaltMartin scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    Another pre-war Macallan (most likely). This one got more expression, but is less well balanced, than the Macallan 1939 GM 70 proof I tasted head to head. Still very good though and a real pleasure to taste!
    • Nose
      Gorgeous old-skool rich and round sweet sherry nose with lots of black currant, cranberries quince. Raspberries. Touch of camphor and clove. A little kirsch liqueur and strawberry jam. Some grapefruit bitterness, but also old books in dusty library. This is definitely one of the best noses I ever had in a whisky.
    • Taste
      The taste is less fruity and more on the sappy oak side of the spectrum. Quite peppery and hot with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. Rhubarb tarte. Raisins and some prunes later on. Honey-clover. Resinous and cigar boxes at the background as well.
    • Finish
      Long and sweet. Baked-apple. Ginger. Mint at the end. The nose would be 99 points for me, however the palate is slightly less convincing, still 90+ points though.

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    These are results of a 50+ years G&M H2H

    1- Mortlach 1939 75 year 44.4% cask 2475 Generations WB ID 71671
    2 - Mortlach 1936 50 year 40% The Dram Taker’s WB ID 44341
    3 - Longmorn 1961 57 year 40.5% cask 512 Private Collection WB ID 119200
    4 - Pride of Strathspey 1937 50 year 40% The Dram Taker’s WB ID 20507
    5 - Glen Grant 1953 58 year 47.9% cask 2604 Book of Kells WB ID 36055
    6 - Glen Grant 1955 56 year 40% WB ID 30615
    7 - Longmorn 1961 57 year 45% cask 508 Private Collection WB ID 119119

    The nose on the Mortlach is excellent and it was the best overall here , even though it is the oldest whisky ever bottled the price is way too high, similarly the Longmorns are priced in the absurd bracket for the quality of whisky you are getting, most definitely cask 508 and it just goes to show that old is not always better and in that casks case, it is much worse.
    The ratings above are for the overall experience alone, perhaps I should leave price out of this but none of them are worth what you pay at auction today, more so from a shop, the quality/price ratio is worse on some of them, much worse but if you want aged premium whisky you pay a premium, it is to be expected, whether the taste experience lives up to that price is a different ball game altogether.
    Still as H2H go, I really enjoyed this and the nose on the Mortlach 75 is a real gem.

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    This is supposed to be Macallan and I wonder if it is the same as the Macphail`s 1937 ( I will try then together another time).
    Has more power than expected for 40%.
    • Nose
      89 89
      A pleasant light nose, black currant, red currant, a little furniture polish, then some yellow plum emerges which really lifts this.
      A little spice & a little oak, you really have to work at this one, it is a little distant.
      After 10 minutes a hints of Turkish Delight.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Nice mouthfeel, very spicy and fruity but also a little hot for 40%, not the best balance on show with a little wood but within acceptable levels.
      A little blackberry & raspberry but it is the peat mixing with the sherry that gets your attention
    • Finish
      89 89
      Quite a long finish for 40%, the oak is staring to come through but the sherry holds it in check.

  4. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Glorious old Macallan. Serge’s notes are bang on the money for me...so no need to write anything else! They don’t make ‘em like this any more. 

  5. Slick scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Undisclosed Macallan.
    Distilled: 6th & 13th December 1937.
    Bottled: December 1987.

  6. st7 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Undisclosed Macallan.


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