Overall rating
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Pure Malt - Miniature
Stated Age
19 years old
43.0 % Vol.
50 ml
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02 Sep 2015 6:15 pm by WhiskyLovingPianist

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Whisky Reviews for MacPhail's 1964 GM

1 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.00 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    N: This smells spirity and not in a good way, and even an hour in the glass cant normalise it fully. Theres plenty of dry and sweet sherry, fig rolls, tequila and ginger cake in the mix alongside some subtle old oak and hints of old bonfire ash and burning straw. Its not a complex dram but it delivers an accessible satisfaction, but unfortunately the chemical hue remains.
    T: Yep, its spitrity and chemically but its not terrible and with time and some water things improve to an extent. Its a big profile with plenty of fruity, peppery and spirit led vitality to sustain its course. Its a bitter/sour journey with some soft but robust oily oak and the tasty ‘old style’ sherry influence to rub against the spirit’s ascendancy. There are clearly and frustratingly some stubbornly inactive casks involved in this malt.
    F: Spirit dominates, the balance is scantily manageable but one that improves over time. Metallic vanilla remains so alas the industrial natured spirit wins this battle.
    C: Funny this one, the sherry influence is most obvious but the cask maturation isn’t nearly as evident. This ones a struggle so time to try the 20yo macphail’s from the same year WB.

    Scores a D+ [79]


    N: seems like some sherry cask influence here. Far Better nose then the 10yo WB - more balance. An inviting old sherry nose

    T: Prickly, thin body that thickens somewhat on development. Takes time to build momentum. Sherry influence seems clear though this is no big sherried whisky. Notes include butterscotch, treacle, metallic spirit and chalkiness. sweet>sour>bitter. With a drop of water it's far more cohesive with the oak and some tobacco now more prominent.

    F: Chalky chocolate and milk of magnesia. Dusty finish at first, softening honeyed grain becomes more sound but still the spirity astringency looms.

    C: Far better than on opening.

     Scores a C- neat and C[+] [83] with water.


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