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Overall rating
84.04/100
votes
54
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Rare Old
Vintage
1970
Bottled
2000
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
JJ/ACF
Barcode
5020613156029
Added on
24 Dec 2008 2:22 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 1293.23

6 × in wishlist

54 × member ratings

51 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ayrshire 1970 GM

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.04 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. MaltMartin scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Not bad, but more a curiosity than a real treat. Would probably better of at cask strength.
    • Nose
      Light and malty. Cereals. Green apples and pear. Herbal notes as well.
    • Taste
      Thin and clean but also quite a fruity punch. Oranges, tangerines. Cinnamon and paprika.
    • Finish
      Not that long. Oaky. Bitterness.

  3. Rien scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      80 80

  4. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    The nose was nothing, the mouth was ok, the finish was quite tasty, that's how the points come about ... ridiculous at the price.
    • Nose
      Dusty, musty, old library, macadamia, pecans, burlap sacks, old leather, grapes, a hint of grappa, some banana and star fruit in the distance
    • Taste
      At first a bit lax, a little apricot and banana, then suddenly after 5-10 seconds suddenly clear bitter notes, as if you were sucking on nutshells, books and oak, a little kiwi and grappa
    • Finish
      Mineral, pear, carbonic acid, very nice, like mixing sparkling wine with pear juice, medium length

  5. Hvdree scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  6. rpvdwel scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  7. stefsel111 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

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

  8. 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".

  9. 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.

  10. lincolnimp scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

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

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