Overall rating
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Highland Malt
Stated Age
25 years old
40.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Added on
31 Aug 2012 12:40 am

Average value

€ 232,93

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Whisky Reviews for Pride of Strathspey 25-year-old GM

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.87 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2017]  Some time ago I sat at the bar of the Highlander Inn in Craigellachie
    looking over the river Spey to the Macallan diistillery when the man
    besides me bitterly complained about how bad the quality of the Macallan
    malt is nowadays compared to older releases.  As a proof to his
    complaint he ordered two drams of Macallan for me:  An older 10 year
    bottling (most probably distilled in the early eighties) and a new one.  I had to confess he was right, the quality was remarkably different
    and not in favour of the new release.  I know by myself that all the old
    official Macallan bottlings are real stunners, I had not a single one
    that did not impress me. 

    But is this true for all old Macallans?  That is why I tried two undisclosed Macallan from IBs today, this one that I bought for 72 Euro in April, 2007 and https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/3721/glen-gordon-1974-ses and an young Cadenhead dumpy https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/42314/macallan-1979-caWhile the Glen Gordon was a big disappointment this 25 year old Macallan is a real beauty - and at the time of its release it was certainly one of the biggest bargains you could find!

    The nose is all about the typical sherry-infused complexity of old Macallan (this one was most probably distilled in the early 60ies or even late 50ies).  Beautiful clean sherry without any off-note and of course not the slightest trace of sulphur, and it is NOT reinforced by the use of paxarette, for sure.  Given this beautiful nose you want to sniff it forever, but who does not like to experience the taste too?  Same story here again:  Absolutely clean and free of any flaws, just a little bit weakish due to the dilution to 40% (as usual with Gordon & MacPhail these days).  At cask strength this must have been a stunning dram, but even at this low strength you feel its muscles and bones.  Chew it for a while to detect all the hidden flavours and aromas, you will be rewarded!  If only the finish would be a little bit longer and more powerful...

    YES - this is the old Macallan style we all adore.  But I am afraid no one will be able to replicable this style again, because of both the lower quality of sherry casks and the rushing of all distillation processes due to the single malt boom today.  So, if you own such an old beauty - open it and enjoy it with friends, that is what it was made for!
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    I was a little disappointed with this but it was only a small sample and I was not able to do it justice so there is some wiggle room on my score I feel.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      73 73
    • Finish
      80 80

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Its ok but not what I would call good.
    • Nose
      Reminds me of the 2011 Macallan 25 OB but not quite as rich. Turkish delight, blackcurrant, then strangely orange fudge or it could possibly be ginger fudge, then a bit of marshmallow ad milk chocolate.
    • Taste
      Bitter and a little thin with bitter dark fruits coming through at first.

      Toffee, almost brandy like, flap jacks hints of coffee with some fruity sweetness at the end.
    • Finish
      Almost medium, with a bitter sweet battle to the finish

  4. Slick scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Undisclosed Macallan 25yo (Oak Cask).

    Compared to the current Macallan 25 Fine Oak : this one is not that citrus-strong in the mouth. On other hand it's definitely smoky from maturation in the nice way, that's the advantage of the old bottlings i guess.

    Compared to the Macphail's 25 (another undisclosed Macallan 25 Fine Oak) : difference is pretty much the same - Pride of Stratsphey is again more smoky. The Macphail's 25 and the current Macallan 25 Fine Oak are definitely more close to each other on the palate.

    Ratings : Pride of Stratphey 89, Macphail's 88, Macallan ( 25 Fine Oak) 87.

  5. aby scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    my score of 83p is an average of the nose, which is very good (Glen Grant 1970 reference with raisins, red fruit), and the taste which is not good (bitter, caramel and licorice)

  6. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    N: dusty, orange, lemonade (grenadine), syrup, gooseberries, forest fruits and later vegetables
    T: honey, warming and bitter
    F: bitter turning into liquorice
    tasted with Aby


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