Overall rating
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Connoisseurs Choice
Stated Age
12 years old
40.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Brown Label
Added on
18 Jun 2010 1:08 pm

Average value

€ 797.20

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Whisky Reviews for Craigellachie 1971 GM

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.00 points

  1. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Ein sehr interessantes Teil, dass natürlich durch seinen Vintage-Scharm lebt, die Mischung ist auch eigen, wahrscheinlich kam früher mehr von den tropischen Andeutungen durch und nun ist er eben mit mehr Old-Bottle-Flavour.
    • Nose
      Boah, really greasy and oily in the glass, looks really vintage straight and like whisky fatwashing, burned butter, grapefruit peel, apple seeds, burnt toast, chocolate chips and cocoa powder, old spines, tobacco tin, hints of licorice, nutmeg, chestnut, cinnamon
    • Taste
      Staubig, Vintage-lastiger Antritt, Tabakdose, alte Ledereinbände von Büchern, dann Ananas mit Schale dabei, Grapefruitzesten, Tannine, Muskat, Pfeffer, Zimt, Kastanien, etwas Lakritz, Nelke, Bitterschokolade, irgendwo getrocknete Mango im Hintergrund in Schokosoße
    • Finish
      Trocken, alter Tabak, Leder, geröstetes Malz, Kastanie, Nelke, Muskat, Tannine, mittellang

  2. St. Pauli scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    One of the better old G&M CC bottlings I've come across. It's heavy and dense, but fruity and fresh on the same side. Complex and with enough power. 
    • Nose
      It's obvious that the spirit was a bit heavier, probably by use of the traditional worm tubs. It gives this whisky a solid backbone of dense, oily barley, and chicken stock. It's slightly dusty, but fresh and fruity on the other side: orange, pineapple and cream. Gets nuttier after a while (walnuts). Quite complex.
    • Taste
      Again, heavy, even a bit on sulphur, with enough mass. Milk chocolate, oranges, pineapple honey, barley, mushrooms and fennel seed. 
    • Finish
      Remarkably smooth, showing a little pepper. Furthermore, there is mandarin liqueur, dried fruits, rich malt and walnut. Very nice.

  3. JacobaEd scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      83 83

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A really good old whisky, one to look out for.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I agree with the others that the old brown labellCC bottles are of a high quality.

    This one is no exception it is a fine whisky and if it was at 46-48 points would score well into the 90`s.
    • Nose
      Smells like Terry`s chocolate orange, mild creosote notes, there are hints pineapple and lemon Turkish delight and finally some banana.
    • Taste
      Mouth filling and very spicy mixed in with sherbet. The chocolate orange notes from the nose transfer to the palate which is good.

      It is very sweet on candied fruit and caramel and the sweetness keeps growing on the palate, there is no detectable bitterness.
    • Finish
      Quite long, sweet and smooth.

  6. MaltMartin scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Excellent Craigellachie with a lot of complexity.
    • Nose
      Typical GM Brown Label noe of oranges, roasted nuts and dusty old furniture. Hints of Kirsch Liqueur. Toffee. Notes of vanilla and honey clover at the background.
    • Taste
      Delicious fresh tangerines. Cooked apples. Prunes. Kiwi fruit as well. Lots of cinnamon. Sweet barley. Sultanas. Sandalwood.
    • Finish
      Quite long. Nutmeg. A little ginger. Bitterness of grapefruit but in a very balanced way.At the end some salt. 

  7. Feusi scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Sweet oranges in the nose. Also inside the mouth, the beautiful sweet citrus notes with malty barley. This is a spicy broth (indeed, a little soup?), also a little salty on the tongue. The finish is medium to long, very pleasant, sweet, a little wood, honey and salt remains again. 40v% and yet so complex and strong. I am amazed more and more about the Brown labels of G & M, which are really top bottlings.


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