Overall rating
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Connoisseurs Choice
Stated Age
18 years old
40.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Brown Label
Added on
17 Jun 2010 1:43 pm

Average value

€ 1735.69

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Whisky Reviews for St. Magdalene 1964 GM

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.67 points

  1. checkpointuk scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur


    Amber / rust red
    Where to start! Oranges, sherry, honey, tobacco, wood, cocoa, coffee, smoky malt, old attic, but also some BBQ and ham. It continues with leather, vanilla and aromatic herbs. The fruits go hand in hand with the incredibly ingenious spice, which is now complemented by black Earl Gray tea flavors. Everything is right here! Certainly not the fattest nose, but one of the best!
    Soft, spicy and smoky bewitching at the same time. Here is everything that the nose, including the accomplished teen notes, pretends. Ripe oranges with custard, packaged with a peppery undertone. In addition, leather, wood, elderberry, roofing felt and the finest herbs as well as cough syrup, mint and jam - brilliant.
    Medium length - 100% balanced! There's not the slightest thing that doesn't belong here! The beautiful flavors with leading herbs, leather, fruit & wood fade away very slowly.
    Tasted under ideal conditions, without interference, the taste always starts at 95P and does not end below 93P. Even if the nose has 93 + P, it stays with
    93 points
    N: 93P / G: 94P / F: 93P

  2. Jnpons scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Color: a sublime mahogany robe, purple hues, real velvet.

    Nose: complex, old school, nuts, an impression of twig, pear, bitter cocoa.

    Palate: always as magnificent, complex as desired and delicious.

    Final: with notes of nuts, earthy notes.

    Comments: a real old school whisky with which I always have fun.

  3. kolis1 scored this whisky 96 points Member Junior

    What Dostoevsky is to the Literary world, and James Dean stands as a Hollywood icon...this 1964 St. Mag. should be a benchmark to all malt whisky makers in the world. This St. Mag. has no saint in it, but a rebellious individuality with deep dark turns that boggles the mind with every sip. How on earth did barley water and yeast sitting in a wooden vessel metamorph into this nectar of Gods that no one yet has been able to recreate. Can you imagine what this whisky would have been at cask strength? I know, It would have been bottled in a "Type B container" ;)

  4. Jeep51 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Saint Magdalene 18yo 1964 GM 40%
    N: The OBE is clearly present via this striking metal side: magnesium, ink, motor and old toolbox. Herbal too: tea leaf, linden. It's very lively and powerful despite the 40%
    A lot of wax, encaustic, resin, wax and leather. Really extreme. All these aromas could be you much but it passes and it is successful.
    B: Well alive. Mint, tobacco, encaustic, resin and wax are back. The liquorice is well marked and brings a lot of freshness with the mint. Peat, soot and coal appear after a good ten seconds but in an extremely melted set.
    F: Long. Soot, ashes, spices.
    C: I love it. For many, it can be too much as the OBE (metal, shoe polish ...) is marked. But here everything works perfectly 93-94

  5. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Nose: Super fine wood, wood polish and shoe polish, extremely clean sherry and earthy tones. Fruitiness does not appear for now, are superimposed by coffee, honey, marzipan, toffee and maple syrup. After a while, orange notes, raisins, candied apples paired with sugared black tea and a little juniper spice show up. Extremely noble, balanced and complex, the alcohol of course not to notice!

    Mouth: As is often the case with these 40% G & M bottlings, this one also shows a tremendous power and flavor for this alcohol content. And everyone says "I really need barrel size" and "40% are too weak for me", he should try something like that and rethink his statement, at least as far as these old bottlings are concerned. Fine sweetness, chocolaty, again noble wood and clean sherry, ripe and elegant, but also with a certain playfulness and thus extremely balanced.

    Finish: Amazingly long, now also spicy, not bitter but quite oak-like, tobacco, coffee and again and again sweet dried fruit!

    Conclusion: A large malt with almost perfect nose, good mouthfeel and a surprisingly long and complex finish.


  6. aphex scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    The beautiful nose is another example of OBE working perfectly, keeping a complexity with melted but distinguishable aromas. The mouth is a tad below but vibrant for this age and ABV.
    Fantastic whisky.
    • Nose
      Gentle. Dusty old books, metallic notes, honey, tobacco, coffee, dried fruits (raisins, prunes) and ripe ones (peaches, apricots), herbal notes, pine resin. Hints of smoke too. Beautiful.
    • Taste
      Pine resin, yellow fruits, liquorice, mint, herbal notes, leather, tobacco and spices.
    • Finish
      Medium. Fruity, herbal, leathery, oaky.

  7. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Moderator

    Totally old style - while I actually like that I think it was a bit lacking of complexity
    • Nose
      90 90
      Cooked oranges, old books, honeydew, jam, toffee, old sherry wood - very good
    • Taste
      89 89
      Surprisingly fresh, jam, quinces, lemons, grapefruits, oak wood, coffee, more old books, cold ashes, herbs, just little sweetness
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium long, warm, more grapefruits, just little peppery, a tad bitter in the end

  8. checkpointuk scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2014/sechs-schottische-single-malts-aus-dem-jahr-1964-inklusive-black-bowmore-33289/2/ Color: Old Gold / Amber
    Nose: Old sherry with a sweet mix of cocoa, raisins, oranges, coffee and tobacco. Great vanilla flavors, rounded off with balsamic cream and creamy chocolate pudding. Underlaid with salty-spicy herbs and smoky malt.
    Taste: Round and super harmonious! Oranges, tobacco, leather, herbs and sweet honey. Christmas baked apple with vanilla, cinnamon and marzipan. In addition, notes of mint oil and cough syrup, jam and old furniture. Overall, the taste is rather dull with an indescribably voluminous mouthfeel for 40%!
    Finish: Medium long - again the dull herbal rail with tobacco, leather, orange, vanilla and onset, great bound wood.
    Note: The ingenious start in taste with 95 points flattens backwards (92 points) - reminiscent of old Bowmores and White Horse Blends from the fifties.
    93 points (nose: 93 / taste: 93 / finish: 92)

  9. LordBellamy scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    N: sherry, meaty, spicy, burnt caramel, spices, cinnamon, cloves, peanut G: Sherry, soft, round and balanced Q: long with sherry, some sulfur and oak

    Delicious, fun, also because of the spice combination in the nose. Overall, but rather average, even if you have liquid history in the glass - 85 points

  10. tomy63 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    light amber color, nose marked by the OBE with a melted and metallic side, lots of fruit, apricot, peach, and ripe exotic fruits like papaya, but also caramel, tobacco, grass, beautiful and full of class. A nose like we do more. The mouth is a little below but it still has a very good scale for a whisky at 40%, very fruity attack, close to the nose, then more spicy and less fruity final, more on tobacco and vegetables. herbs, but still a lot of freshness. Nice texture a little thick. Finale is good length, even very good for 40% on spices and peach / apricot jam.


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