Overall rating
Blended Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Remember Series - Tercentenary 1678-1978
Stated Age
21 years old
40.0 % Vol.
757 ml
Added on
30 Jan 2011 9:50 am

Average value

€ 462,00

2 × in wishlist

15 × member ratings

14 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Highland Fusilier 21-year-old GM

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.00 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2017]  I had this dram during a FoSM club tasting "Through the decades - 1930's to 2000's".  I bought this bottle no. 998 for 107 Euro in September, 2008.  As these bottles were released in 1978 the youngest malt in this vat was distilled in 1957 but I guess it contains much older malts too (most probably even malts from the 1940's or some casks from the 1930's that fell under-proof, as this was a common practice in the seventies and Gordon&MacPhail owned large stocks of such malts).  

    The colour is russetmuscat and the texture shows medium fast legs and tears.  The nose is very fruity on lots of berries (cassis, blackberries - like old Bowmores), raisins, prunes in an old style sherry profile with leathery and furniture polish notes.  Some significant wooden aromas too, that support the guess for much older casks.  It arrives in the mouth creamy and nicely coating with some adstringent feelings from heavier tannins.  The taste is truly multi-layered with notes of cherries, herbs, toffee, liquorice, pipe tobacco and sandalwood besides the dominant old style sherry profile.  The finish is medium to long and sticks nicely to the mouth but not to the throat (yes, the oiliness is not that fat...).  More spicy flavours pop up now (peppers, ginger, a hint of salt) that are very welcomed.  Some water releases more aromas both in the nose and on the palate and it takes away the slight adstringent mouthfeel.  But it flattens the dram, too.  Nonetheless, I like it both ways:  neat and reduced by some drops of water.

    Given the flavours and aromas profile of this dram I guess there is a significant share of Glen Grant, Longmorn and Strathisla in this vat.  Maybe some casks of Macallan and Glenfarclas too, but I am not so sure about that (like I am sure about the first guess).  Nevertheless, a flabbergasting vat and a perfect example of pre-sixties malts at their best.  Well done, Gordon&MacPhail (40 years ago)!
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2015]  Together with friends I emptied bottle no. 875 that I bought for111 Euro in October, 2004.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 92,5.  My notes state an unbelievably complex and multi-layered vat of malts all distilled before 1957 (as it was bottled in 1978 at an age of 21 years).  Dangerously quaffable...By the way, all these different tercentenary bottlings contain the same vat, just the labels are different.


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