St. Magdalene 1979

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Rare Malts Selection
Stated Age
19 years old
63.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
27 Aug 2008 5:12 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 1839.22

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Whisky Reviews for St. Magdalene 1979

59 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.98 points

  1. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Opened last week. This is the second time I'm trying it. I'll try not to let the reputation of this bottling influence my review or my score.... maybe.
    • Nose
      94 94
      Extremely complex nose. Dark and brooding, with roasted chestnuts, maple walnuts, earthy peat, clay, Tie Guan Yin (Iron Buddha) tea, dried seaweed, salt water taffy. As far as the nose is concerned, I think it will be difficult to beat this St. Magdalene... sure, something super fruity and peaty can provide a challenge, but for this type of whisky, it has no match. If you've tried the Glen Ord 30yo OB, you would know what I mean, but this St Mag slays the Ord in every regard so far.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Superb balance for something more than 63% in ABV. Salty, old metals, oily with a touch of the industrial feel, stone fruits, crushed stones. Black tea.
    • Finish
      93 93
      No off-flavors at all... This whisky is balanced from start to finish. I look forward to drinking this bottle over the next year or two... I heard that it gets better and better the longer it's opened :)

  2. St. Pauli scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Extraordinary stuff. One of the best I've tried. This whisky gives you so many associations that are all pleasant, that you could easily linger for hours with a dram.
    • Nose
      There is a lot going on here. It's complex and utterly powerful. There is a nice combination of wood smoke, beeswax, sweet malt, lavender honey, rose, citrus, and peach. After a while, aromas of vanilla and creamy banana custard unfold. 
    • Taste
      Intensely full bodied, creamy, and oily, but with a kick of the alcohol. This doesn't disturb. It's smoky, fruity, and flowery at the same time. Peach, cherry, sweet lemon, rose, lavender, vanilla custard, furniture polish, malt, a little bit of grass, and just a mild peppery edge. You name it, and it's there...
    • Finish
      Long, creamy, and very fruity. Think of a tropical fruit milkshake, icing sugar, and the like. Then, still the wonderful malt, cinnamon, and pepper.

  3. Thekraken scored this whisky 96 points Newbie

    A very unique and magical profile. Like walking on a beautiful meadow the morning after a spring thunder storm. Like listening to Beethoven's third symphony. Pastoral, floral, magical and happy while at the same time somehow also achieving in perfect harmony to be mysterious, melancholic and brooding. Surprisingly gentle and extremely powerful at the same time. It is one of the most balanced whisky's I have ever had. The 63.8% should overwhelm but it simply doesn't. It sits perfectly in this golden elixir of flowers, wet grass and honey. This is pure gold!

  4. kolis1 scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    As a member of a large whisky club and with well over a thousand malt whiskies under my belt (no exaggeration). The 19 yld St. Mag. '79 RMW will be in my top 5.

  5. Rosebank88 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    An outstanding whisky!
    • Nose
      Wow! Incredibly complex and floral. Below is a heavy oily sweetness, coconut, vanilla and burned grass, cedar and slightly burnt toast with orange marmalade.
    • Taste
      In the body surprisingly light but very lively. Again very floral, dry, fragrant hay, or better hay harvest in midsummer with all the aromas of hay, oily elements and warm earth. Later also liquorice and subtle smoke.
    • Finish
      Very long, nutty and burnt grass again.

  6. Allandale scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A dream dram. 
    • Nose
      Grassiness. This one shows maturity and district waxiness. Beeswax polish and rosin, in the back some ripe nectarines and  fragrant, drying hay after rain. Some coal dust  elements. Water: cherry blossom, pancake batter and baby oil. Lovely 
    • Taste
      Gentle and really sweet. Well balanced. Its flits between the fruit,drier cereal elements and acidity, making this a complete and complex package. Rounded and umami-like . Wonderful.
    • Finish
      Fresh and acidic. Long aftertaste. Lovely. 

  7. Georges scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Just amazing!
    • Nose
      Sweet malt, fruity (oranges, peaches, apricots), caramel, toffee, marzipan, honey, vanilla, butterscotch
    • Taste
      Fruity (oranges, peaches, apricots, lime, lemons), peppery, hint of smoke, caramel, spicy (clove, nutmeg)
    • Finish
      Long, citrus, peppery, oaky

  8. Ragazzo scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    I could try it these days and I must say this is one of the BEST Whiskies I´ve ever had! If you can get to this, don´t think to long... it is worth every cent!!!

    Just amazingly fantastic!

  9. Master Quill scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Well, This is Epic, but it`s not easy, you have to work for it. You will be rewarded with layers and layers of fantastic aroma`s. Give it a lot of time. I don`t use it a lot, but this one is best in a very big Cognac snifter! Try it.

  10. ded scored this whisky 100 points Expert Junior

    The best Lowland whisky I've ever tasted in my life!


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