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Overall rating
89.07/100
votes
17
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Single Malt
Stated Age
30 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Sherry Casks
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
New Bottle Design
Added on
06 Oct 2013 10:21 pm

Average value

€ 255,26

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17 × member ratings

22 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for MacPhail's 30-year-old GM

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.07 points

  1. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    This is definitely a smelling whisky. In the mouth, the weak alcohol strength affects the overall enjoyment then, unfortunately, slightly negative. For my personal taste also a bit too woody, to match it point-wise nose.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Here you can see directly that the malt has a few years under its wing, significant oak influence, a touch of furniture polish, the Sherry influence is clearly there, but not overlying, overall rather dry with a fruity sweetness, some marzipan mixes with the red fruit, waxy , some menthol, quite fresh overall, slightly floral, nice and complex aromas in the nose, the 40% are quite enough here, with time more and more aromas are added, milk chocolate, a light espresso note, it gets creamier, I really like it If I had to define the fruit notes more exactly, I'd rather go in the berry direction, like raspberries, I just had a bit of glue, but that does not detract from it
    • Taste
      87 87
      rather watery mouthfeel, yes also here a lot of oak, wood, then the sweet berries get through, slightly bubbly, something tingles on the tongue, espresso, in intensity the 40% do not disturb, but the mouthfeel could be a little more viscous,
    • Finish
      87 87
      quite dry, on the palate still remaining fruit sweetness, apple peel, creamy, salt, slightly dry, as the tannins get through well, then menthol, which leaves a fresh feeling in the mouth

  2. LordBellamy scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    the nose is bombastic and yet filigree, so a long-matured Sherry whisky from the Speyside smell, even if the slight smoke, the origin somewhat obscured, unfortunately, he comes in the finish with too little strength, which then diminishes the enjoyment butn clearly
    • Nose
      91 91
      red berries, red currant, old wood, raisins, great spices and subtle notes of floral and herbal, grape seeds, very subtle smoke, beeswax, later green apple is added
    • Taste
      88 88
      easy onset, red berries, oak tannins, beeswax, subtle smoke
    • Finish
      85 85
      unfortunately very short, sherry sweetness, oak with some spices, sounds with LKagerfeuerrauch

  3. asmazda scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I like the nose quite a bit and nothing offensive about this.  But the really short finish and 40% makes this not so satisfying.  
    • Nose
      Berries, melons, mixed nuts, some waxes, antique furniture, slightly musty and dusty, a whiff of smoke.  Overall a very mature sherry-influenced nose.
    • Taste
      Some berries again, quite a blast of oak tannins, some waxes again, a little more smoke, and chili peppers.  Basically a continuation of the nose but drier and less fruity.
    • Finish
      Short, oak, that's all folks!

  4. JHS scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  5. JHS scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Great, mature single malt, complex nose, mellow taste and with a easy finish; great/enjoyable allrounder, despite the 40% vol
    • Nose
      ripe fruit aromas- grapes, melon, red fruits, berrys, dried fruits; sherry-notes; nutty, oily notes; mature sweetness; floral in the backround; hints of malted barley; spicy european oak-notes; a variety of spices; slight phenolic, aromatic peat/smoke note; slight musty note; after some time in the glass the fruit-notes get brighter and younger. (green)apple- and pear-notes appear; overall complex, dry and mature character
    • Taste
      at first mellow, mature oak character, slight musty note, malted barley and slight hints of peatsmoke; develops into different spices, spicy/dry oak, more aromatic peatsmoke, a variety of fruits, hints of fruitcake, sherry-notes; overall mellow, dry and mature character
    • Finish
      slight aromatic peatsmoke; spicy/dry oak; burnt fruitcake; hints of different fruits; different spices; slight mustyness; mellow and mature character;(overall relatively short, makes the malt more pallatable and easy to drink)

  6. Hemdl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Wonderful nose, really good in taste, unfortunately the finish is a bit disappointing. Something of everything. At the end there is a more than ordinary single malt, which is absolutely affordable given the age and certainly has something to offer for everyone. Who does not necessarily the "strong" Malts looking for or can live with minimal drawbacks, which will certainly find it here. For me at least anything but a disappointment - I like him.
    • Nose
      This is how a mature, set and balanced single malt whisky must smell. For me exactly the nose of an older sherry bottling, which I like. Red fruits, sweetish-spicy wood notes. Slightly dusty and dry, yet wonderfully pleasant and diverse. A nose that clearly shows that Malt spent a few years in the barrel and by no means belongs to the enormous mass of young bottlings, which is now flooding the market. After a while in the background a slightly smoky (?) Note, which I did not assign to the Speyside, where the whisky is supposed to come from. The flavors light up over time in the glass, the red berries disappear and the fruits become lighter. Grapes, green apples.
      Overall, a nice, elegant nose to linger.
    • Taste
      Here, the MacPhail's needs something to unfold, which is probably due to the low volume percentages. Extremely mild, could easily tolerate a bit more strength here.
      Finally, however, the continuation of what had indicated in the nose. Bright fruits, distinct oak. Does not really drift into the bitterness, but shows quite well that here were some tannins at work. The mouth becomes slightly dry, while a smoke flavor is wide, which is much more pronounced here, than before in the nose. The fruits are now almost completely gone, dominated by the slight smoke in connexion with the spicy oak notes.
    • Finish
      Light smoke, a lot of oak - then the malt is unfortunately gone again. Pretty short finish, here the addition of the water has a negative effect. Although the oak spice echoes a bit, but is only a shadow of his own. Not bad, but you can not shake the feeling that potential was given away here. But of course, dangerously easily drinkable and quite "tasty". The temptation to pour another dram is great anyway.

  7. Lucifer scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    100% Macallan

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