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St. Magdalene 1979

Overall rating
91.96/100
votes
321
Whiskybase ID
WB3244
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Rare Malts Selection
Vintage
1979
Bottled
10.1998
Stated Age
19 years old
Strength
63.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
LLJL03386091
Barcode
5000281014883
Added on
27 aug 2008 5:12 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 2050.00

159 × in wishlist

321 × member ratings

444 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for St. Magdalene 1979

68 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.96 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. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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. 

  8. 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

  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. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Nose:
    Without water at the same time aggressively alcoholic and very floral (after the nose gets used to it).
    With water a very multifaceted nose with chamomile, sunflower, rose water. Local fruit basket with apple, pear, quince. Hay.
    At the same time "darker" notes of mossy forest floor and some spruce needles.
    walnut oil. Dark forest honey. Old wood in which the scent of incense sticks has moved.

    Mouth:
    Biting at the start, even with plenty of water.
    After some time and dilution in the mouth it becomes very, very oily.
    Honey, various oils (walnut, olive, sunflower). Grassy hay.
    Beeswax, Tangerine, Orange. Red apple, raisins.
    Also something mineral: limestone, clinker,

    Finish:
    Medium to long. Floral, sweet and oily at the same time, drifting into a slightly mineral aftertaste.

    91/100

    Conclusion:
    The aggressive alcohol is bothersome to me and keeps me from a higher rating. Even heavily diluted, the alcohol doesn't seem well integrated to me. Other than that, this is a highly complex, layered malt. Very floral on the nose with dark hints, then light in the mouth, fruity with an oily body. Never boring for a second.

  11. Andara scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A nice one but not my cup of tea. Had some much nicer STM, e.g. der recent Private Collection from G&M

  12. WhiskyMaddin scored this whisky 98 points Expert Senior

    Incredible what a taste experience that was!
    I bought the bottle in 1998 for 115 € :-)
    St. Magdalene resp. Linlithgow are still my favorites ... that's how whisky should taste!

  13. ded scored this whisky 100 points Expert Junior

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

  14. macallanfineandrare scored this whisky 98 points Expert Senior

    A true powerhouse of a whisky, extremely complex.
    Can handle lots of water and releases new flavours and aromas every single time.
    Be careful, the cork stopper may disintegrate, especially when the fill level is below the neck.
    Simply fantastic!!!

  15. macallanfineandrare scored this whisky 98 points Expert Senior

    A powerhouse of a whisky, a true Lowland aroma and taste monster. One of a kind.
    Can handle a lot of water and still discloses new adventures every time you sip it.
    Simply fantastic.

  16. Gråmantel scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    All time favourite, so engaging.

  17. PEATYBOI scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    After much anticipation, I finally had a dram of this at a well-known bar in Japan.

    The nose is pretty with floral and aromatic hints of lavender and roses (quite similar to the Rosebank 12 Flora and Fauna). After a few minutes, the nose opens up to light and fresh fruity notes such as pear and apple.

    On the palate, the body is extremely aggressive at 63.8% vol. Nonetheless, its creamy and oil profile can still be tasted. After a few drops of water, the dram opens up with fruity notes such as peach and citrus. The lowland grass is also ever-present. Although I have tasted many great whiskies, this dram stands to be one of the most challenging and complex whiskies I have ever tasted. The palate is simultaneously full and extremely nuanced, and as a result, one has to really spend time to pick apart the flavours that are found in this dram. It is highly recommended that you allow time to enjoy this and revisit the dram every 5-10 minutes once poured.

    The finish is long, fruity, and a little bit peppery.

    This was a fantastic dram but the price is certainly keeping me away from adding a bottle to my collection!

  18. sagara-kun scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very strong in alcohol as often with rare malts.
    Beautiful complexity. But we feel that we are at the opening of the bottle and that the potential is not yet exploited. Evolution to follow
    • Nose
      Nose sting a little bit.
      Pepper, mint, eucalyptus, camphor.
      Wood, light cigar. Milk?
      Grass, hay, cannabis.
    • Taste
      On the palate it is balanced on the woody and aromas typical of bourbon.
      White floral, lemon, nutmeg.
      Black pepper.
    • Finish
      Long finish on pepper, leather, tobacco, yellow fruit.

  19. dram-drinker scored this whisky 93 points Photo Moderator

    What a powerful whisky! It's one of the very few whiskys I really need to add water. Otherwise it is great!
    • Nose
      Malty fruitiness, citrusy, lemony, other tropical fruits, little smoky
    • Taste
      Wow, really powerful. Lots of lemons and citrus fruits, oily and liquorice, salty and peppery. Pretty dry. Need to add water. More water. Now becomes much smoother. I start tasting wood notes and a subtle sweetness appears.
    • Finish
      Long and burning - a tad bitter in the end and more vegetal but that's OK.

  20. Georges scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      94 94

  21. zby0001 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      97 97
    • Finish
      94 94

  22. Drochaid scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    (twe) St Magdalene's 1979 entry in the Rare Malts series. The distillery closed in 1983, as part of the mass-closures across the industry at the time, and this is one of the few official bottlings that made it out of the distillery. It's an excellent malt, picking up a stack of 90+ scores from the Malt Maniacs.

  23. grinface scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The best St. Magdalene ever? I've heard that from several people. I don't think so. Because aspects that cannot be objectified are added far too quickly. But it's still a damn awesome bottling. And you can see it as an anchor to compare other bottlings.

    Full review, alongside 4 Port Ellen and another St Magdalene: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/04/07/old-rare-flight-011-sechs-jahre-keinehalbendrinks-de/
    • Nose
      90 90
      Hmmm grass, lemon zest, petroleum, sugar donuts. I imagine it like this: In the middle of nowhere. A gas station. While we wait, we stand at the back of the building and eat a lemon-frosted pastry. This meadow gently sways in the wind.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Oysters, coquina, grass, lemon, silver polish. The scenery changes to an elegant restaurant overlooking the sea. Set back a little, not directly in the sea breeze.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The aromas remain dry and salty. A sweet brew is poured over the mussels. The gas station also seems to be nearby.

  24. zzqfyl scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  25. hyc scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Smell ---------------------- 93
    taste--------------------93
    End rhyme--------------------93

  26. JCTang scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    St. Magdalene 1979 19YO RMS, 63.8%. Color: golden yellow; smell: alcohol liver is very strong at first, giving people a not very pleasing feeling. But afterwards there is a very strong sense of minerality, pine needles, crystallized honey and beewax, as well as citrus, and some peat. Each taste is not particularly obvious, but these small tastes are mixed together, and it is still very pleasant, 93 points; Drink: wow, strong and juicy! At this alcohol level, the entrance is still very comfortable, mainly white peach, honey, citrus and other fruits. There are some hay and peat in the middle section, and a lot of ginger and pepper come from the back section. It is rich and powerful, 93 points; aftertaste: long, Citrus and hay ashes, slight salty and peat, 93 points. 20211206

  27. jay83 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Complex combination of grain field and all sorts of cereals, honey, mead, old wooden furniture, garden spices and herbs. Really nice fruitiness of domestic stonefruit, vanilla and antique granaries. Fantastic classic Lowland - Style Whisky!

  28. DrunkDude scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Overall review: scbp-7550, the overall performance is very similar to Macallan classic cut 2017, it is a whisky with strong stimulation, high flavor concentration and very unbalanced flavor.

    The overall style is also unremarkable
    • Nose
      83 83
      Smell the fragrance: Let me talk about the conclusion first, this bottle is a rare Shirley barrel style in RMS, but it is completely modern Eddington style. The slight Winey feeling after entering the cup once gave me a hint of a good sherry bucket fantasy, but then it turned into obvious grass, coconut candy. In addition, there is the smell of burning plastic, dried red apple, vanilla, butter and other scents of sherry barrels. In addition, there is a very strong smell of lard oil and dust. It is a pity that the winery's characteristics are beyond the grease feeling. The overall performance is quite exciting.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Taste: The taste is extremely sweet and spicy. After the mouth is the sweetness of condensed milk, dried red apples, a lot of ginger, nuts, and then the lemon peel with a burning sensation, full of dry spices. The wine has strong power, full thickness, single flavor, strong irritation, strong burning sensation, and strong oily sensation.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Aftertaste: dry, lemon peel, woody bitterness, grapefruit peel bitterness, outstanding astringency, slightly burning.

  29. A.S. Bak scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  30. ConvalRen scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      93 93

  31. HansG scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    The nose is exceptionally powerful and intense with all kinds of beautiful creamy, white flowers and leafy notes.

  32. Soderberg scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      94 94

  33. vlad78 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    A bright fruity-floral fragrance that persists in the nose. The same delicious taste, strong, tart, binding everything in the mouth. A very long and pleasant aftertaste that you want to keep and remember.

  34. InbhirNis scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Sampled at Dornoch Castle Hotel, but with limited time for full analysis.

    The nose is recognisably RM, but sweeter than others I've tried. The palate is clean and fresh, with citrus fruity sweets.

    With water the nose initially becomes musty (old books), before moving towards mineral notes. The palate has sherbet flying saucers!

  35. kimyikshu69 scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    Very punchy St magdalene, you won't feel light as an normal St magdalene.

  36. penumbra scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    St. Magdalene and Rosebank of the old birds and birds are pee-like. You can check it. It ’s not bad, but a king with a lowland, a name after a lowland comes out, and it ’s your fault that the leek is out of place, lowland. Bourbon barrel individuals still prefer low degrees.
    • Nose
      Honey, citrus stems, dried cheese, dried flowers, sophora japonica, handmade soap, fudge, salted fat.
    • Taste
      Handmade soap, citrus stems, ingenuity, oak, honey, light bitterness.
    • Finish
      Medium, thin branches.

  37. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Tried it during TMA Vol.5, certainly not my favourite St. Magdalene, but the quality is there, full bodied nose, thick and heavy palate, with long finish.

  38. Teresa scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  39. grinface scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Sample tasted from bottle 7734. I knew this one is famous. And only having the opportunity to taste it might add a little bias. And this might only nurture the legend.
    But don’t get me wrong: This is great lowland stuff and if you have the chance: taste it! For me it just is not the best St Magdalene ever.

  40. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    The nose is floral with notes of vanilla and coconut, on the palate some grassy spiciness, powerful yet balanced a very long finish, superb complexity, really good

  41. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Shoplink Moderator

    Ralfy review 764: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WI8VdukXjA (97/100).

    "Bigger, more matured than many malts twice its age."

  42. checkpointuk scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Colour:
    Pale gold
    Nose:
    Yellow fruity with mirabelle plums, yellow plums, sweet apples and pears. Add tropical mango and papaya, as well as dull leather and delicious humidor aromas. But also coal, smoke, wet cardboard, lead, brooks ... just great!
    Taste:
    Spicy fat, leathery and just Wowwww! Dark fruits, wild berries, plums, tobacco, humidor, leather, honey, vanilla and this salty-spirited style with pepper, wood and herbs - breathtaking!
    Finish:
    Infinitely long - absolutely delicious! Wood, creamy fruit salad with honey and the aforementioned flavors. Only very slowly decaying and still provided with a nice pinch of black pepper.
    93 points
    N: 93P / G: 94P / F: 93P

  43. Rien scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  44. kimmosuo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  45. malt_fan_06 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Pure brute, closed and violent, dense and compact. Not easy. Good, but not outstanding.
    With water a full major league better than without and really nice, that's fun.

    Imho needs water to play his full class!
    • Nose
      92 92
      Geraniums, undergrowth, very compact, restrained. Noticeably alcoholic, stings in the nose. Unripe pears, white grapes, light-fruited. Fine smoke in the background. A little solvent.

      With water: opens clearly. It comes clearly hay, grass, tobacco leaves and almonds, white pepper, reed bag, elderflower, citrus, nectarine and mineral undertones. Complex and elegant. Medium term.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Powerful, brute, smoky, intense, masculine. Enormously dense and concentrated. A little peach in the background, but overall restrained and strict.

      With water: significantly sweeter, fuller, more balanced. Much more body and civilized, smoky, hay, peach, malty, creamy. Oily, full. Great texture.
    • Finish
      90 90
      A: Smoked peach, geranium, root system. Long, dry, harmonious.

      With water: also here: polished, rounder, fruity and even longer.

  46. aby scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    I suggest to use a cognac snifter or a good glass. While i previously struggled to catch the aroma`s and had to give it a lot of time, they do come easier with a glass that enhances the aroma.

    Spending half an hour with this whisky is pure fun, it is very complex with ripe fruit, old wood in the nose and a very complex taste (wood, pepper, fruit and the slightest peat)

    Lovely whisky: 93 points.

    Sample available on whiskysample.nl

  47. WillemvdK scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    This was very rewarding. Such extreme complexity for just a 19 year old. Aroma's of apple sauce, strawberry, cherries, old dusty clothing cabinet, aniseed, stable, old garage and a hint of soap and fresh peat. I only had about 25 to 30 minutes with this glass but I bet only one glass of this could be an evening's worth of entertainment. Excellent whisky.

    Thanks www.whiskysample.nl !

  48. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      92 92

  49. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Sample from www.whiskysample.nl
    • Nose
      Malty, tea, compote of apple, hay and citrus. With water more fruity - mango.
    • Taste
      Malty, orange marmalade, bread with rosemary, peaty and some pickle - silver onion.
    • Finish
      Medium drying with citrus - orange peel, menthol, some liquorice, pepper, cranberries and vega peat.

  50. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Just tried this again, I think it is better with a splash of water in it, makes it a little sweeter.

  51. GIORGOS scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  52. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      95 95

  53. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    they really don’t make them like they used to, this is just from a better era of whisky
    • Nose
      old school quality, floral grains, musky aroma, aromatic wood, vanilla, honey, oranges, toffee, light grass, pears, peaches, sawdust
    • Taste
      juicy light fruits, rich butter, aromatic white wood, citrus, floral, cheese funk, light bitterness, antique furniture whiff
    • Finish
      long, buttery sweetness, elegant light fruits, juicy sourness, light perfume, light varnish, grains, waxy brine and shellfish at the back followed by citrus notes

  54. Luigisim scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Nose is fantastic: anise and peat. Lovely sweetness.

    Mouth: best maple syrup ever tasted. Dense and intense but not strong at all. 

    Finish: long, warm and sweet.

    Comment: this is all unforgettable dram. It simply melts in mouth.  
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      95 95

  55. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  56. stefsel111 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  57. Bram84 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  58. Landryn scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      96 96

  59. MikerG2k scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  60. squaadgras scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  61. Hvdree scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  62. dram-drinker scored this whisky 93 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      91 91

  63. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  64. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    WITH WATER

    Nose - Not as expressive now, still gentle fruitiness and shortbread biscuits fresh out the oven.

    Palate - Like a jam sponge now, not quite as sweet now but creamier but there is some butterscotch appearing.

    Finish - still long on sponge and biscuit..

    A very sweet, quality lowlander.
    • Nose
      Custard tart, honeycomb, orange, candied pineapple and a touch of lemon sherbet.
    • Taste
      Really powerful and fizzy at first but it soon settles down on the palate.

      It is creamy, oily and mouth coating. Pineapple again, sweet melon, hints of orange and custard again.

      Candied fruits again.
    • Finish
      Long, vibrant and sweet

  65. dram-drinker scored this whisky 93 points Photo Moderator

    Strong and powerful but still oily and smooth. Adding water is recommended.

  66. franpincoffee did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    http://whiskycast.com/ratings/st-magdalene-19-rare-malts-series/

    The distillery laid down this malt in 1979…just a few short years before it closed. Somewhere, someone is still kicking himself for making that decision. The nose is full of spices, with notes of cloves, allspice, and a hint of cinnamon. The taste starts off with a kick of cinnamon, then fades to reveal honey, clove, and a hint of citrus. That citrusy touch carries through to the finish, which is long and warming. A true classic!

  67. markjedi1 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Wow, what a whisky!
    One that definitely needs water, but keeps you enthralled for minutes on end. If
    you want to get your hands on a bottle today, you will need to cough up over
    600 EUR.
    • Nose
      The nose is sweet and
      malty. I get wood, caramel, oranges, woodsmoke, but also a lot of alcohol. Let
      me add a splash of water. Now the true, complex nature surfaces. Some horse
      hide, believe it or not! Again mostly oranges and caramel, but also hay and
      vanilla and some more smoke. Marzipan? Yep, this is quite excellent.
    • Taste
      Without water, it
      simply scorches the tongue, although it does so in a fruity way. Even some
      smoke. Peat? Loads of oranges and caramel again. But it is much more complex
      than that, if you add some water. Then the fruit is joined by a lot of spices
      (mostly vanilla and nutmeg) and nuts, lime and blood oranges. They hay
      enhances, as do the nuts. Almonds. Oily. Brilliant.
    • Finish
      In the long, dry
      finish, the oak speaks once more.

  68. checkpointuk scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2013/st-magdalene-19yo-rare-malts-von-1979-vs-30yo-cadenhead-von-1982-27431/ Color: Dark straw
    Nose: Very similar to the 30y CA, slightly less tropical fruit, more salt and black pepper, very many lemon flavors, powerful and smoky.
    Taste: Creamy vanilla and slightly bitter wood, lots of lemon and salt again, orange mango fruit mix, honey, round and heavy, simply delicious!
    Finish: very long! Vanilla, honey, salty smoke and the previously described creamy fruit cocktail. Slightly bitter, peppery wood aromas over the fruity sweetness towards the end.
    With water: nose: gets creamier; Taste: even more balanced (93 points); Finish: remains constant.
    92 points (nose: 91 / taste: 92 / finish: 92)

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