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Overall rating
95.67/100
votes
5
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Macallan-Glenlivet - A Pure Highland Malt
Vintage
1939
Stated Age
30 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Bottled for
Donini s.r.l., Milano
Added on
17 Apr 2016 12:28 pm by beleduardo

Average value

€ 7890,00

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Whisky Reviews for Macallan 1939 GM

1 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 95.67 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2003]  I had this dram during a "pre-wars" tasting at Papenburg.  In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50
    - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 95+ points.  Unfortunately no notes were taken.  But I remember I was flabbergasted as this was my first peated Macallan.

    The line-up of this tasting was spectacular (most
    bottles are not on WB and I think it makes no sense to add them):

    - Dalaruan 1895 (Dalaruan was a distillery in Campbeltown founded by
    Charles Colvill in 1824 and closed in 1922.  It had a production
    capacity of 112.000 gallons using three stills back in 1885 according to
    Alfred Barnard).  The label stated "Special Reserve 1895 Dalaruan -
    Pure Campbeltown Malt Scotch Whisky - 20 up - David Colvill & Co. -
    Dalaruan Distillery Campbeltown".  It was a square dumpy bottle of dark
    brown glass.
    - Balmenach 1910.  It had a handwritten label stating "BALMENACH WHISKY - 1910 
    12 under proof - bottled Feb 1920 - P.L".  Unfortunately this bottle
    did not contain any whisky anymore but just sweet sugary water instead. 
    Either it lost all alcohol due to evaporation (the filling level was
    shoulder/body line) or someone else drank the content and refilled it
    with sugared water (as sometimes Teenies do in Daddy's wine cellar). 
    Bad luck...
    - Irish Tasalar bottled in the 19th century (not more
    known).  The brown-green-red label stated "Finest Old Irish Whisky
    Tasalar - Proprietors S. W. Berisford".  It was an oval bottle of dark
    brown glass.  And yes, the word "whisky" was written without an "e"...
    -
    Irish pot still whisky, Berry Bros. 1904.  The label was almost
    completely damaged but "Very fine Irish whisky 1904 pot still" in the
    middle of the classic old Berry Bros. label was identifyable by good
    eyes.
    - Glen Flagler 100% Malt Pot Still Scotch Whisky N.A.S. https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/44562/glen-flagler-nas
    - Balmenach 1961 https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/7199/1961-ca as a point of reference for the 1910 Balmenach

    The pre-world-war-1 stuff (Dalaruan, Tasalar, Berry Bros. 1904, Balmenach 1910) was
    all of a rather poor quality (harsh, unbalanced, uninspiring - I would
    not call this whisky in our times and who knows, maybe these were fake
    bottles anyhow?).  So this was an interesting experience to try but nothing more.  Same
    with the Glen Flager.  But the 1939 Macallan was a real stunner...

    PS:  I took pictures of these old bottles - in case someone is interested just drop an email.

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