Ayrshire 1970 GM

Overall rating
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Rare Old
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
24 Dec 2008 2:59 pm

Average value

€ 1347.40

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46 × member ratings

47 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ayrshire 1970 GM

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.80 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2017]  There is a good reason why all "imbedded" malt distilleries (meaning malt stills within the big industrial grain distilleries) were shut down decades ago already:  The quality of these whiskies simply was not good.  And that is because the batch processes of malt distilling are not compatible with the continuous processes of grain distilleries...

    This Ladyburn is a good example.  A very light (some would say flat) malt with a nice nose (the least one can expect after 30 years in the cask) but almost nothing else to remember.  The remarkable wooden notes that are quite normal after such a long maturation time are not contained by a malty sweetness and fat creaminess that make other old drams so delicate.  Here this bitterness stands out alone and it is not pleasant at all.  The finish is a little bit better as some of the nose's aromas shine through again.

    As a drinker I would never ever buy such a bottle, this is stuff for collectors (and unexperienced investors) only.  It is okay to have a Ladyburn sample at tastings from time to time simply to check if there is an exception from above stated rule - so far I did not find one...

    [December, 2018] I had another dram during a FoSM club tasting and I did the more detailed tasting notes below.
    • Nose
      87 87
      The colour is pale gold and the nose offers a delicate old-style profile with some fruity (pears), malty (barley sugars) and waxy-oily aromas. There is a nice whiff of mocha but this vanishes quickly. It is nicely balanced but not the most impressive one (to be honest).
    • Taste
      78 78
      The taste is very shy and I have to search quite a while to find any flavours at all besides an unspecific sweetness. Basically these are the same as in the nose but the taste turns bitter very fast because of heavy tannins. No, this is not enjoyable to drink... Water is not recommended as this anyhow flat dram just flattens further (quickly).
    • Finish
      78 78
      The dram arrives unimpressive and very drying-astringent in the mouth and this unpleasant feeling stays there until the very end of the short finish. This is rather disgusting (cardboardy). To be honest: It makes no sense to open such a bottle - this is a collector's item for display only. By the way, as an investor I would never ever buy such bottles: If collecting whisky gets out of fashion there will be no market for such stuff any longer...

  2. Hvdree scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  3. rpvdwel scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  4. stefsel111 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79

  5. hs305 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2014]  I had this dram during a "Lowlands" rarities tasting at Bonn.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 82,5.  My notes state "disappointingly weakish".

  6. Jeep51 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Rather convinced by the nose and the finish. Not a big whisky but it's still pretty good
    • Nose
      A light fruity, delicate and a floral hair (perfume). Very feminine I find. Juicy apples and pears, white grapes, delicate fragrance notes (and luckily no soap). Not the most complex nose, but it's all in delicacy.
    • Taste
      More round but not very impressive. It lacks height and remains flat. Unlike the nose, cereals are more present, some spices too but it remains mastered. A little licorice and anise.
    • Finish
      Pretty long and nice. Beautiful freshness. A little leather and an early OBE.

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    Far too expensive now
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      77 77

  8. lincolnimp scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    This is fine for an easy drinking session malt because it is undemanding with a simple profile.

    MOTR but I think its better than others have indicated here.
    • Nose
      Fruit on melon and fresh pineapple and porridge oats along with marshmallow.
    • Taste
      I think the taste is fine but its thin almost evaporating on the tongue.

      There is still some fresh pineapple and some bitter apple now with a little fresh cream.
    • Finish
      Its not long but its smooth with it.

      Saying that it is uninvolving for the drinker.

  9. St. Pauli scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Light perfumed style, too ester-y for my taste. 
    • Nose
      Cereals, apples,pineapple, vanilla, little honey and beeswax. Gets a bit musty.
    • Taste
      Thin, medium sweet, a bit ester-y, exotic fruits (lychee, pineapple), paraffin, cereals
    • Finish
      Medium length, a combination of sour apple sauce, lychee and peach, and a bit of cinnamon and eucalyptus.

  10. Prof.Schoof did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 400 € at Whiskyauction in Apr. 2015

    and for 338 € in Jan. 2015


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