Overall rating
Single Malt
Avonside Whisky Ltd. (AsW)
Bottling serie
Pure Highland Malt
Stated Age
39 years old
43.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Black Label
Bottled for
Added on
23 Jun 2011 8:11 pm

Average value

€ 5785,57

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Whisky Reviews for Avonside 1938 AsW

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.45 points

  1. Slick did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Avonside Glenlivet 39 yo 1938 (43%, Gordon & MacPhail, Italy, Pinerolo) This one was distilled just before WWII. We already had a 33yo 1938 that was extremely good, albeit quite ‘mushroomy/mouldy’. Let’s see how this older version behaves. Colour: pale amber. Nose: indeed, we are not too far from the Armagnac here, with roughly the same kind of oaky tones, but instead of coffee, prunes and fruitcake we have rather notes of kumquats, bergamot, quince jelly and fresh almonds. Even freshly cut apples (granny smith). In short, this is somewhat fresher than the Armagnac but the general quality is roughly the same, that is to say pretty high – provided you like old spirits. Mouth: very good at the attack but gets then very dry and oaky, very close to the Armagnac in that respect, even I the Armagnac was globally better. Gets very resinous – wrongly so – and very tea-ish (strong over-infused black tea). A few very nice fruity notes do linger on (green bananas, apples) but other than that this is too drying for my taste. Finish: shortish but very tannic and oddly peppery. Comments: too much wood, too much time in cask. Too bad because most of the other whiskies in this ‘black label’ series are quite superb and sometimes totally stunning. SGP:261 – 80 points (for the nose).

    - Serge

  2. bakerman scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    What an experience! My oldest whisky so far and how different from everything bottled within my whisky-life....
    • Nose
      caramel (pudding), beautiful sherry, spearmint, herbal candy, dried plums, hazelnut brittle, coffee
    • Taste
      tea and tea and tea, fresh, herbal candy (paroli filled with herbal liquid), sherry, nutty, woody and dry
    • Finish
      dry, long, fresh, herbal and little soap popping up with ~10 minutes delay...fun!


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