Glenesk 1980 GM

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Rare Old
Oak Casks
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
26 jan 2015 9:48 pm by holborndrinker

Average value

€ 1081.44

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28 × member ratings

43 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenesk 1980 GM

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.35 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    [With respect]:


    Glenesk 1980/2014 (46%, Gordon & MacPhail, Rare Old, batch #R0/14/04) Three stars Colour: light gold. Nose: very grassy indeed, quite austere indeed, with only a bit of honey on buttered toast and some kind of flints and white flowers. Cut grass. A little barley water… In short a quite simple and straightforward nose. But it’s quite rare… Mouth: some good malty sweetness, a little plain perhaps, with touches of citrons and lemons, also fresh brown bread, hints of lemon curd… Still austere, and slightly tough. Sometimes you have to rack your brain and even that doesn’t work… Perhaps leaves? Branches? Bark? Moss? A bit difficult in all honesty… Finish: medium, grassy, with a little olive oil, candy sugar, more assorted citrus notes, and… cornflakes, perhaps? Some grass for sure. Barley sugar, banana skins… Comments: nice whisky but rather a challenge. Not the most characterful Highlander ever… But yeah, it’s good. And rare, by the way, did we tell you it was rare? SGP:341 – 82 points (Angus 82).

  2. zstone scored this whisky 80 points Member Junior

    On the nose there is some honeyed and buttered toast, white flowers, a bit dull overall. The taste brings white flowers, a bit ashy, ashy like those cheeses made with ash. This could be much nicer with a strong, fruity mid-palate. The finish is on ashed cheese, white flowers.

  3. kimmosuo scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  4. The_Osprey scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Glenesk Gordon Macphail 1980 46% bottled 2014.

    Intense aroma from a distance. Huge intense oak - lovely vanilla - intense American oak. Super honeyish.

    Taste is spiced, huge oak and huge taste density, really punchy for the abv ... quite awesome really. Super concentrated and dense oak flavours with a touch of smoke. It's very much a Scotch (obviously) but with a dense concentrated rich intensity more commonly found in bourbon or Irish whiskkey (I have to misspell this to get around whiskybase's autocorrect), but always retaining the soul of Scotch whisky. Great 3.85/92

  5. ConvalRen scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Instantly reminds me of the Convalmore, specifically that 40 Year 1975 GM Rare Old. It has that light waxy sweet and fruity scent specifically. Very light yellow colour, like a watered down chrysanthemum tea.

    Drank at Milroys of Soho. Cheers Eddie.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Sweet fruit, a tad bit of pineapple feel almost like a burnt pineapple as well. It's like that pineapple on a pizza, which people are so very much against. However, this one smells on point. As the scent progresses, I smelled stewed peaches and a compote of apricots. That scent that you get from your slavic friends fruit compote or the garden their babushka uses to plant these fruits. Silk like nose feel is evident, you can find a soft silky feel that doesn't linger but travels through the nostrils easily. Some fresh banana that's still green along with the banana leaves

      Freshly cut grass and earth like notes show up with a wee 2 drops of water. Hay and old barnyard scent develops.
    • Taste
      92 92
      First impressions on the tongue, light lime zest scrapped over an orange cocktail. Lemonade schweppes and a slight fizz shows up. Gentle orchard fruits, grapes, pears, apples and oak barrels basking in the sun. Imagine sitting by the fruit orchard somewhere in France, your French gf singing La Vie en Rose, the wind blowing through the orchard, whilst yourself sipping an apple Calvados. Exactly just like that!
    • Finish
      87 87
      A long waxy feeling that coats the entire mouth and throat. I'm feeling like I just got out of the dentist after being injected by the numbing agent painkiller. As for flavours, pepper and dried orange peels are evident very much.

      Lots of herbal notes and greenness, like sage, spring onion, parsley and coriander.

      The ending continues with some sage and banana skin, a flavourful dram when it is given time to open up and show you its character. Give at least 15 - 25 mins and the liquid is very much more vibrant than that at the start.

  6. MadScientist scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92


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