Overall rating
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Licensed Bottling
40.0 % Vol.
50 ml
Bottle code
Added on
25 Aug 2014 8:32 pm by RoyalScotsman

Average value

€ 5,00

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Whisky Reviews for Inverleven 1979 GM

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.50 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur


    N: Similar ‘house’ style to the 1984 but with heaps more malty<caramel that buries the more subtle apple notes of the later vintage. Additionally there are base notes of flint, iron filings, bastard files, a mini pot of metal paint, a hint of washing powder/white spirit,… The sweeter side sees more caramel>toffee apple, a few orange Quality Streets and a drop of rose water…. different peeps, different things I’m sure. Opens up with more of a fruity bouquet later on but the flinty caramel remains strong. Let’s see how this pans out, given the divide between the sweet vs the more industrial side.
    T: A chaotic arrival of pepper and caramel, neither able to do much for each other. Moves sweet to bitter to sour, travelling as one ungainly blob. Settles far more acceptably with water, providing a decent paper-dry>waxy yet wandering mouthfeel that captures a two-sided profile of sour-grapefruit>blood orange vs sweeter caramel.
    F: More peppery caramel into an invigorating spicy ginger tea, followed by hints of apple skin, rose water and orange essence - always juxtaposed against the less subtle bitter-sweet caramel. A fairly decent length finish that concludes with a piece of chewed textbook.
    C: More tough love. For different reasons, same score as the 1984.Scores a D-

  2. Eclectic Scotchist scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      78 78

  3. Eclectic Scotchist scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Rather light-bodied. The flavours are a bit 'locked in' at times and sometimes the taste and finish become a little bit to watery. But in the end, it is a very interesting Lowlander with a lot more smoke than I'm used to in these whiskies, and it's quite tasty too, all things considered.
    • Nose
      Old (sea-sprayed?) wooden boards, citrus (lemon and lime), sweet-smelling wood-spices, woody malt with hints of some kind of pleasant polish, clean peat smoke, herbal liquorice (!), old-fashioned candy shop, vanilla, some dried red berries and spices, some dusty and fruity resin, heather/flowers, oaky nuttiness, some earth-like character, very classic, a whiff of cinnamon, leather. 
    • Taste
      Rather thin on the palate (a bit watery at times) - honey, smoke, citrus, cream, oaky toffee, a herbal quality, some dried red berries, 'earthy' chocolate, vanilla, some light oaky treacle, mellow oak, wood-spices, liquorice.
    • Finish
      Shortish to medium (and a bit thin as well) - vanilla, cream, smoke, some candied peach at the very end, fresh peat, refreshing herbs, some almond at the end.


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