Overall rating
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Stated Age
40 years old
Number of bottles
40.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Bottle code
SD 522
Added on
15 Dec 2014 7:33 pm by fc st.pauli

Average value

€ 350,00

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8 × member ratings

9 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glen Calder 1949 GM

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.33 points

  1. hs305 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    ...a different opinion by Serge from whiskyfun. He says "superb. Really old style whisky de salon, only the low power makes it a tad too uncontemporary" and scores 89 points which is very high by his standards of that (early) times.

  2. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    N: After three powerful 40%’ers [WB, WB & WB], this is a soft and flat one. Would G&M bottle a frail 40yo [blend or otherwise] at 40% in 2016? Soft fruit juice [tropical punch], vanilla-butter biscuits,.peanut butter, set honey, some yeasty cardboard, smoky=peaty oak? - but its the fruit punch and vanilla that sticks, almost candy sweet, which i’ll come to later.
    T: Surprisingly bolder on the palate, but still?! The oak is very well behaved,… allowing the fruits to run. It’s a fully integrated vatting, as in all those layers have been compressed,… like MDF. Theres a heathery toasted-ness covering the whole presentation alongside a light, sweet cream [sign of age of course] but accompanied equally by a tartness too, albeit light. On the other hand this is rather elegant considering all the factors. Theres a sweet spot entering the finish, thats the highlight - the overall taste and mouthfeel.
    F: Dry oak yes, but then more fruit notes - ‘Chewits’ candy like and vanilla cream. Earthy-burnt oak at the death with a little powdered creamy milk. Yeah, it’s good. Tell you something - an hour after i finished the glass and the empty glass still emits the stuff, with a similar intensity!!
    C: I’ve only tried fourteen 40yo’s before in my life, the majority of which have been stunning. This is a decidedly lacklustre and largely uneventful old timer - full of depth but overly compressed and flattened. How much Glen 40yo+ do G&M have to be vetting these bottles? On the other hand, there are lovely touches. I read Slick’s review regarding this whisky before i bought it and hoped he was wrong but, I now concur with him wholeheartedly in his conclusion. Real shame - all those old [1940’s] casks amalgamated. Were the sum of it’s parts really less than the finished article?

    Scores a B[-]

  3. Slick scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The only thing that suggests and by suggesting i mean very slightly, that this bottling is a 40yo blend is the finish. Drying and a slightly oaky, but not as you would imagine.
    Nose : absolutely the same as with a wide varierty of the CC G&M bottlings. Dusty and a bit oily. The taste doesn't suggest that this is a 40yo bottling. Not at all, i would rather say it reminds about 95% if i have to be exact like this, of the CC bottlings in the range of 14 to 20yo ones.
    This also does remind alot of the Royal marriage vattings of G&M.
    However i don't find any good complexity here and it's far from i would have imagined it would be like before i popped the bottle.
    Lacks the power of a 40yo bottling, feels a bit flat with not very much going on the nose, nor the palate...But cmon it's a blend...although i expected a bit more here.
    I would recommend to skip this one, i don't believe it would meet the expectations of the majority of matured drams lovers.


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