Overall rating
Single Malt
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
Old Malt Cask
Stated Age
26 years old
Number of bottles
50.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
27 Jan 2009 10:04 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 1016.12

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17 × member ratings

19 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Linlithgow 1974 DL

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.73 points

  1. topos did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    first linlithgow/st magdalene - the expectation was quite high and it surpassed them handily. very complex, particularly on the palate, it is one to spend some mesmerising hours with. easy 9/10 and one of my favourite drams to date. nose in progres..
    • Nose
      ... more floral than fruity. sandalwood, touch of fish oil ... after an hour the sweetness is pronounced, putty ...
    • Taste
      omg! This is just gorgeous, still lively, the development rules, it's a total trip. anise, runts, sandalwood, (group: "sweet cicely" -- to check). It's super complex, stunning flavours balanced between herbal, perfumed, fruity, sweet, sour, bitter. finish is medium long, soft candy sweetness ...

  2. malt_fan_06 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Nose: Elderflower, toffee, renneclauden, hay, grassy. Complex, dense and beautiful deep. Pears, peach, ripe apples. Fine smoke in the background. Herbs. Muscatel. Fine well-bound oak. Everything was woven together. Constantly changing. Great nose! Mouth: Full, intense, dense and elegant. Ginger, wax, herbs, passion fruit, peach, Reneclauden, sandalwood. Has plenty of power despite its elegance. Again, a fine hint of smoke. A lot of power for a Lowlander.
    finish: Expressive, intense, harmonious, long. Sandalwood, vanilla, hay, white tea leaves, peach. Dry. Long and persistent. Conclusion: A surprisingly powerful Lowlander from the best for me Lowland distillery. A great whisky. 91 p

  3. ctu scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    The St Magdalene Distillery also a great favorite.
    The benchmark for me the 1979 Rare Malts.
    This one is dirtier and more subdued I think.
    • Nose
      Vanilla, citruses, pear, minerals, musty basement and motor oil
    • Taste
      Fruits, especially pears, honey, creams, pepper and cardboard
    • Finish
      Long, it retains much of the flavor

  4. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Classic, complex old school nose so characteristic of St Magdalene. Sharp mineral notes are balanced by zesty citrus fruits, engine oil, vanilla, some old musty leather, cadbury's fruit and nut chocolate, and pear drop sweets. It became more fruity with a bit of time in the glass. A drop of water released some faint wafts of smoke and brought forward the nutty/oily aspects even further. Great stuff! Very lively on the palate too, with the chiseled mineral profile again balanced by sweet and sharp fruits, and a touch of honey and cream. Relatively peppery finish, with lots of the 'industrial' notes lingering too. Quite far removed from the profile of most modern whiskies, but I absolutely love this. What a crying shame that there are so few casks left from this front-rank silent distillery.


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