Overall rating
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Celtic Series - Book of Kells
Stated Age
50 years old
40.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Added on
24 Jul 2011 7:59 pm

Average value

€ 6942.75

3 × in wishlist

30 × member ratings

10 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for MacPhail's 1938 GM

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.00 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur


    Initially the price of £30 for a small pour seems to sting, but when you consider 2cl of 50yo whisky distilled in 1938 is the same price as two half-arsed cocktails in All Bar One for example. Both valid experiences from time to time! I took this one home in a sample bottle for a more considered reflection.

    N: On the nose we’ve the epitome of a warehouse you could say. That is, rather foosty. Within its dank oak jacket I found a light-yet-complex array of flavours that included green apples, pickled jack fruit, slightly fermented fruit, sooty & ashy dunder, essence of blackberry juice, dried melon, a touch of boot polish.,…. [you name it]. I’m amazed by the balance and control of the casks, whilst the distillate remains present and clear. That’s the magic of refill wood for ya! At some point I’m going to mention the abv, but until then,,.. doh! This was bottled in 1988 after all, but what a shame.
    T: More oaky on the palate than on the nose [but still with balanced], soon followed surprisingly & pleasingly by plenty of mildly-sweet peat smoke – albeit soft and distant. After a brief-yet-jaunty light Speyside-styled journey, there follows a subtlety complex transition into the finish.
    F: Soft peaty honeyed distillate [still wrapped up in that hard-worn oak jacket, with some give] into double cream. There’s some peaty-green oakiness at the death, but every sip brings subtle changes.
    C: A lovely example of an old old malt from a by-gone era. Just don’t over-think it. it’s [rare and very expensive] guzzle juice.

  2. detachedblue scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Very shy, light, coconut meat, grape meat, dried mango, salty air, cured ham, honey, beautiful.
    • Taste
      Mellow and sweet, fine oak, a little bit bitter, chocolate spices, Magnolia flower extract, very quaffable.
    • Finish
      Long, herbal, oily, vegetal, long tea.

  3. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    I thought it would be macallan but as mentioned in earlier comments glenlivet seems about right. very enjoyable sherried profile on christmas cake, spices, honey, toffee, stone fruits, very smooth and balanced profile, very good.

  4. SFWC scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Had this dram during the Glasgow Old&Rare show Feb 2018.A very generous Magnuswhisky shared his sample with me and we agreed that this is indeed 1938 Glenlivet. Extremely smooth and dangerously drinkable. Silky, and beautiful dram
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      94 94

  5. QuarterCentury did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    A very well-aged malt from 1938, this was matured for 50 years in Gordon and MacPhail`s warehouses in Elgin, Speyside.


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