Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Pure Malt - Miniature
Stated Age
45 years old
40.0 % Vol.
50 ml
Added on
16 jun 2015 4:20 pm by whiskas

Average value

€ 230.82

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Whisky reviews for MacPhail's 1938 GM

9 users have left 9 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.32 points.

  1. dram-drinker scored this whisky 92 points Photo Moderator

    Very fruity on the nose with some almost artificial sweetness, cannot catch up on the palate but still very complex and good, very drinkable - very good!
    Overall not quite as good as the 50yo with the book of kells label but still very enjoyable.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Lots of marzipan, condensed milk, toffee, caramel, tropical fruits, mango, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, also strawberry and raspberry, honey, candy - great!
    • Taste
      92 92
      Fruity, honey, pepper, good sweetness, some tropical fruits, papaya, apricot, orange peel, vanilla, some oak wood, ginger, marzipan - very good!
    • Finish
      91 91
      Medium long, warm, fruity, spicy, peppery, sandalwood

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  3. 3_243F6 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    I got this miniature for about £17 in June of 2022.
    Fill: lower shoulder.

    This might be my 500th whisky, but I am sure that this is the earliest vintage of malt whisky I've had so far.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Blenders nosing glass (for nosing only).
      Really sherried but they've done a great job of it. Lots of deliciously rich dried fruits met by fresher tropical fruits. There are plenty of fruits to name if you want to, but think of the usual suspects you might find in an excellent old sherried whisky - they're all here and expertly layered. Then there's the lovely assortment of sweet/nutty/warm spices (think nutmeg, cloves), honeys, toffee, antique furniture, strawberry & raspberry jam, old leather-cased books, marzipan, whisps of wood smoke. Complex and layered, balanced and pleasant. Excellent nose. Less impressive in the Glencairn.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Very fruity (dried fruits, blackberries) with extra pepper. I can't help but think of Highland Fusilier 21yr bottled 1978. Dried fruits with some tropical fruits, a bit nutty, a little woody, old books, gentle wood smoke, camphor, toffee, and buttery vanilla fudge. Very similar to the nose, only slightly less complex, spicy, and tropical.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The palate translates almost exactly to the finish, except now there's more camphor and a hint of eucalyptus (maybe). Extra blackberries and blackcurrants. Quite sweet but relatively simple towards the end. Medium length.

      Excellent whisky, but as expected, there was a slight decline from the nose.

  4. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Sweet spices, precious wood, marzipan, honey, milk chocolate, orange, hay, cereals, very good old style sherry

  5. wbarchive_336582 scored this whisky 96 points Member Senior


  6. Maurice_M2 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. stefsel111 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. JacobaEd scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    drinking with good friends, great whisky, super experience
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    ‘Find it, fund it, live it’
    N: The forth in the Macphail’s lineup, the oldest oldest and i certainly hope far better than the last three. Im assuming this is genuine as ive only come across such a nose a few times before, and those were from similar aged and dated G&M Speyside malts. With a colour to die for we start with dusty sweet=medicinal [bourbon like] notes, vanillas, rose water, Kiwi shoe polish, French polish [from old but well kept pianos], dense sherried-spotted dick, burned/sweet vanilla & butterscotch Angel delight, undefined [summer dry] wood & metal workshops, honeyed duck al orange [although its the about the honey and orange more than the duck] with roast potatoes [having had the same treatment], pick n mix sweets and scorched lavender with a little thyme and honeysuckle. Its alcohol and flavour potent yet seems conversely fragile - understandable. After an hour theres a profusion of sweets and candy, a potpourri of pink candy bars, cinnamon chewing gum, sherbet Dib-Dap, Fab bars, Wham bars,…. this really has become a vintage, oak panelled sweet shop.
    T: An intense fusion of flavour with a depth and richness ive only ever found in comparable old old bottlings. The heathery/herbal/fruity/bitter/toasty/oily/oaky umami development is interrupted by a premature and rapid diminuendo mid flow. It doesn’t die, but rather collapses. Water however WILL kill it. After an hour and its still intense, but bound by its own inward fusion and rather locked into itself. There is however lots of chewy, oily licourice and savoury=sweet luscious vanilla cream and bubblegum to chew on into the finish, albeit with decades of oily, bitter, dusty wood - yeah, bring it on!
    F: After such a drastic drop off whats left is more heathery, medicinal notes, still with heaps of vanilla candy and a playful spirity=oaky jostling. It does however remain vibrant despite its strident softening and the heathery, butter-cream vanillas go on and on with dried fruits [mandarin and raisins] cruising into the sunset.
    C: How is it that the beautiful moments brought about by this malt’s age also lead to its own demise, and how does one score such a flawed beauty? With grace, gladness and generosity i find. It really only the collapse which lets it down. For me, this malt is less about complexity and all about density. Find it, fund it, live it.

    Scores a B+


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