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Overall rating
93.58/100
votes
26
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
The Dram Taker's
Vintage
1938
Stated Age
45 years old
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Label
The Book of Kells
Added on
06 Jan 2011 5:22 pm

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Whisky Reviews for MacPhail's 1938 GM Decanter

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.58 points

  1. ctu scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Fabulous deep whisky with massive wood and spices, but near to exaggerated. 93/94.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Sherry, dried plum, citruses, oak, rum cherry, blueberry, blackcurrant and gooseberry.
    • Taste
      94 94
      Powerful. Matured oak. Pepper and nutmeg. Sherry and mixed fruit jam.
    • Finish
      94 94
      Long, oaky.

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I tried this Macphail's (Macallan) after these two Mortlach that should have tasted the same.
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/44341/mortlach-1936-gm
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/14561/mortlach-1936-gm-decanter#note-container
    The Macpail's was not as nice as the Mortlach even though it was 5 years younger the oak got to it but Mortlach is a heavier spirit which may explain it

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    This one is too woody to be great anywhere between 87-90 points?
    • Nose
      92 92
      Pleasant with notes old wood, and like the Mortlach 36 there seem to be some bourbon notes in there, I know there cannot be as this is sherry cask but that is what they manifest themselves as.

      A full basket of dark stewed fruits, plum, blackberry, rum & raisin (hints only), redcurrant jelly, the sherry influence is massive , it dominates but I still think this is second fill looking at the colour
    • Taste
      88 88
      Now then there is some bitterness that hits you first and it is very drying with a spicy side to it, a little peppery and something meaty.

      It does get sweeter and more punchy with a spicy attack and the oak is singing loudly
    • Finish
      90 90
      This has a long finish, with the wood fighting all the way with sherry and the oak has won

  4. Slick scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Undisclosed Macallan 45yo (Oak Cask)

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