St. Magdalene 1979

Overall rating
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

€ 1506,79

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Whisky Reviews for St. Magdalene 1979

48 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.34 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. 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!

  4. PEATYBOI scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    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!

  5. sagara-kun scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    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.

  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. dram-drinker scored this whisky 93 points 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.


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