Overall rating
Macdonald, Greenlees Ltd. (MdGl)
Bottling serie
De Luxe Scotch Whisky
Stated Age
12 years old
43.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Added on
01 Feb 2014 10:09 am by erikwhisky

Average value

€ 69,90

3 × in wishlist

16 × member ratings

46 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Grand Old Parr 12-year-old

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 79.57 points

  1. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Moderator

    I tasted from the big bottle as shown above and it was actually not as good as the original miniatures - more dusty, old books and zesty - strange

  2. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Moderator

    I tasted another bottle of the same original miniature and it was actually fantastic again

  3. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Moderator

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Moderator

    What a positive surprise – this whisky is totally good, in particular on the nose!

    Looking at the other low ratings I might have got a very special bottling - it was a 5 cl original miniature.
    • Nose
      Fresh, rich, citrus fruits, oranges, ripe bananas, toffee, old books, touch of oak wood – Great!
    • Taste
      Smooth, creamy, citrusy, woody, toffee, oranges, liquorice, sweet
    • Finish
      Medium long, warm, smooth

  5. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      65 65
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  6. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    i have used this for blending/experimenting with bourbon and other scotch blends, seems to be a good base whisky, i use around 50% of this and add 35-40% of another, plus 10-15% water. it certainly made the mediocre ones drinkable and gives good harmony and balance.

  7. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    N: initially smells fairly cheap and a bit rough. After time: sherry influence, old wood, marmalade, raisin/fruits, citrusy vanilla, preserves and dried figs offer themselves. Thank goodness for Ralfy review 289 for the steer) as I've been struggling past the initial cooking sherry/Aldi vibe.
    T: Sherried/woody sweet highland (glenfiddich) arrival leading to an Islay (laphroaig) tcp/salty vegetal note, (although the ash suggests a Lagavulin influence), then some sweeter Speyside offerings, some soapy fennel note and sugary lemon. Adding water brings the Speyside quality to the fore, eventually blows out of steam.
    F: a long lingering quality with the palate still intact, although it's fairly flat. A vegetal, ashy, cocoa sweet woody mouthful that lasts with a spicy, fennel, vanilla woodiness at the death. It's a bit musty in places but more vibrant in others. As the bottle goes on, that cocoa hot chocolate liquor (Kailua) note really comes on at the finish.
    C: Another useful Ralfy recommendation especially when in Mexico, its an affordable, available drinkable blend with qualities that can easily be missed. Well blended whisky using a variety of Scotland's regions fair. It's not great, it's not terrible, it's rough round the edges but also shines in places!

    Scores a C-

  8. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    i wasn't expecting much from this given the presentation and the nose, but i'm glad to be proven wrong, great flavor combinations, sweet and toasty, long and satisfying finish. forget your prejudices about this whisky and give it a try.

  9. drkrylov scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Malty, very scented, cake-like. Linseed.
    • Taste
      Big. Notably firm-bodied. Malty. Cereal grains. Toasted sesame seeds. Demerara sugar and raisins. Honey.
    • Finish
      Soothing. Long. Developing slight lemon grass and peatiness.

  10. drkrylov scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80


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