Overall rating
86.33/100
votes
24
Whiskybase ID
WB16469
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Connoisseurs Choice
Vintage
1963
Stated Age
19 years old
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Label
Brown Label
Added on
18 jun 2010 2:36 pm

Average value

€ 686.10

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Whisky reviews for Glen Albyn 1963 GM

10 users have left 10 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.33 points.

  1. SimonOHA scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Not very complex, a little OBE. Not bad, but not very interesting.
    • Nose
      Nose with a lot of wax, mineral and metallic. Peach. Dusty leather. Pepper and ginger diluted. A hint of iodized smoke.
    • Taste
      Floral, waxy, diluted (almost watery) palate. A bit of slightly bitter caramel with citrus notes, nice spices with cinnamon and pepper.
    • Finish
      Final which arrives quite quickly, on the shell of nuts. Some iodized wood fire smoke, but very light.

  2. Jackson05 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Drinks way older than 19 years. Would have loved to see this at about 50%, I bet it would have been amazing. Actually reminds me of Black Bull 40, the early releases. There is simply no comparable modern 19 year old in terms of maturity. Actually I take that back - I poured this beside the last Springbank 21 year old which was 70% rum casks/30% fresh bourbon and it replicates this style somewhat. That’s as close as it seems to get though for the age.

    1963 was a long time ago and 1983 when this was in a bottle was not yesterday either. I find it equally, if not more romantic when a whisky has been in the bottle for so long. 36 years it took a little sample of this to reach its way to me. It’s cool to think of the people it has been connected with along its journey to my glass. It was waiting for longer than I’ve been alive. How cool is that. Damn. What a treat. Thanks to my German friend for the sample.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Soft honeys and waxes, old school distillate (soft waxy metals) vanilla bean, bruised peach, some old lacquer, maple syrup, golden raisins, wonderfully old school. Expressive nose, definitely my favourite part of the dram.
    • Taste
      87 87
      More wax and honey, toffee, antique wood, very tasty, if not a little under powered. A little watery, and just does not stand up to what the nose promised.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Short finish, but still tasty, still a little thin, but the flavours build. Vanilla ice cream, English toffee, black tea, some biting wood, but in a good way. Some faint mint.

  3. thijs100 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Soft notes of chocolate, caramel and kumquats. Very enticing. There's a touch of cough syrup, licorice and diesel, and even some peat. Soy appears if you wait a while. Excellent complexity.
    • Taste
      Subtle tannins, rubber and a very appealing viscosity. Some more caramel and soft spices. Maybe bit of OBE gone wrong though. A few dusty and cardboard-y notes. Can't quite keep up with the nose.
    • Finish
      Not a whole lot.

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A more detailed note another time but there is some OBE on show here with a pleasant honey aspect on the nose mixed with wafer.
    The palate is really spicy and for 40% it has a lively kick with a nice caramel, dark honey note but it is also quite oily with a drying finish.
    Not particularly flavoursome, a little shy but one of those classic workhorse profiles , not what you would call sexy by today`s standard but very rewarding in an interesting way.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2019] I bought this bottle for 176 Euro in September, 2004. These old Gordon&MacPhail releases are true surprise bags, some are great and others boring. The same is true for Glen Albyn as a distillery so I am very, very curious about this old baby...

    ...and it is such a surprise bag, indeed. The nose is of an extinct old Highland style that I really like (not sure if modern drinkers join me in that) but the taste is rather simple and unimpressive. The finish is above-average again so this dram provides a roller-coaster ride to my taste buds. Nonetheless, this is a very enjoyable and interesting tasting experience that I recommend to everyone who wants to explore the Scotch of our forefathers...

    [January, 2022] I re-tasted this dram tonight and confirm my old review and score. As with so many old drams the nose is the best part, and always remember: This was bottled as simple drinking stuff for every day's use (and no one intended to impress any connoisseur's taste buds).
    • Nose
      90 90
      The colour is amber and the nose offers one of these old style honey-waxy profiles with chalky-mineral as well as slightly metallic aromas. A style that is not produced anymore for several decades, I think. Very interesting to explore because after some breathing a lot of different and rather unusual aromas join in like old dusty leather books, orange peelings, hints of peat and ashes and many more. For lovers of the old Traditional Scotch styles only (that appreciate a little austere profile - just like me)...
    • Taste
      85 85
      The taste is sweet on a sugary-floral profile with nice spices (peppers, nutmeg, cinnamon) and toffee-marzipan flavours. The woods grow stronger over time but never dominate. Contrary to the nose the taste profile is rather simple and not layered but with a tasty OBF (cold metals) that turns the dram a little bitter - which is fine to counter the sweet flavours. Water enriches the nose a little further but it flattens the anyhow low-powered taste even more (as expected) - so forget about any reduction...
    • Finish
      88 88
      The dram arrives warming and coating on the palate with a minor drying mouthfeel (metals) that is rather nice, actually. The finish is long and adds more flavours from the nose, mostly oily-waxy-mineral and some peat. It is much more complex and better than the taste but it gets increasingly bitter-astringent towards the end (both metals and tannins). Nevertheless, this is still okay-ish (I like a cold metals mouthfeel contrary to cardboardy or plastic moments)...

  6. GJR scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  7. MikerG2k scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. JacobaEd scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  10. stefsel111 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

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