Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Rare Old
Refill Sherry Hogshead
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
02 sep 2008 6:32 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 1328.85

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49 × member ratings

72 × in collection

Whisky reviews for St. Magdalene 1975 GM

7 users have left 8 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.00 points.

  1. MaltMartin scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Splendid Magdalene. What a loss this closed distillery. Tasted at the 1970's tasting in November 2019. Brought by good old Lodewijk. It showed out to be the best of the bunch!
    • Nose
      Sweet fruitiness of pineapple, papaya and yellow apples. Turkish delight. Cake mix and custard associations. Polished oak. A little eucalyptus oil later on. Very nice!
    • Taste
      Lots of toasted oak now with vanilla and honey. Later on fruitiness again of lychees and mango. Peel zest at the background. Some barley sugar. Lacy texture. It's all very light, gentle and complex.
    • Finish
      Long, sweet and lingering. A little white pepper. Well balanced classic whisky.

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  3. ctu scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. pere scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fruity, a bit of sweetness, a bit light, a bit of flowers, nectar, spices, a hint of sherry.
    • Taste
      Light fruitiness, spices, a hint of sherry, a whiff of peat, sour pineapple.
    • Finish
      A hint of smoke, spices, sweetness.

  5. hs305 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2017]  St. Magdalene is one of the lost distilleries from 1983 when the last big whisky bust started.  You know why this happened?  Most people do not but it is a good lecture on how quickly things can change...
    During the seventies of the last century a significant whisky boom happened most prominently in the US.  But all of a sudden a new health movement started in California at the beginning of the eighties and spreaded quickly over all other states.  This was the time when Hollywood banned smoking and drinking from most of its movies.  Within two years the whisky sales in the US dropped by almost 50 (!!!) per cent - and the US was by far the most important Scotch whisky market. 

    As a consequence many Scottish distilleries were closed (among them Banff, Dallas Dhu, Glen Albyn, Glen Mhor, Glenlochy, Millburn, Genugie, Glenury, North Port, Port Ellen, St. Magdalene).  And the production of all other distilleries was cut back, that is why they ran into supply shortage problems after the recent boom started at the beginning of the new millennium (most prominently Macallan, hence they switched to NAS editions)...

    ...and this is the key problem with lost distilleries:  As collectors and investors buy these releases regardless of the inherit quality (of the whisky) they bottle every cask they find in their warehouses.  But be cautious with such investments - as a drinker I would not spend more than 60 (read my lips: sixty!) Euro for a whisky of this quality...
    • Nose
      85 85
      Quite an interesting nose with this one - extremely nutty (like freshly cracked walnuts). Never had it that strong before. Some more floral and grassy aromas lurk in the background and it takes some time to find them.
    • Taste
      83 83
      The initial mouthfeel is not very impressive, rather weakish (a higher abv would have helped, dear G&M). As is the palate: okayish, no significant flaws but nothing to remember the day after tomorrow.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Same with the finish: rather short and unimpressive...

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A difficult one to score for me its quite nice but should have been bottled at around 50% to get the best from this profile.
    • Nose
      Cola cubes, shoe polish, al little honey and faint whiffs of apple.
    • Taste
      First impression it is a little thin on the palate with some bitterness. There is some toffee sweetness soon after. I think the oak is evident but is not overpowering. My impression of bitterness has gone now and at the end there is a little fruit.
    • Finish
      Unusual because complete fade out from the front of the palate but some lingering smoothness at the back.  I can only put this down to my initial thoughts of it being thin on the palate?

  8. addyhd scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur


  9. Gronqvist scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior


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