Macallan-Glenlivet 1938 35 Years Gordon & MacPhail Pinerolo

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Colour: full amber. Nose: an ode to old age and certainly not an elegy. Wonderful freshness, maybe even more freshness than in the 1970 and 1973. Superbly floral, with whiffs of fruit salad (quite some melon) and ripe apricots, various types of honey and just a little eucalyptus. Little smoke but these fruity notes grow even bolder, with even more apricot (also as jam) and then natural vanilla. And guess what, no obvious oaky/tannic tones, which is a miracle. Amazing nose.

Mouth: not a powerhouse of course but it’s not thin, not weak, not tired, not drying and not cardboardy. In other words, a succession of other tiny miracles, it’s one to sip religiously (ah well). Notes of tobacco, banana skin, orange marmalade, tangerines, apricot again, then a more resinous development but once again, no excessive woodiness even if there is quite some ginger and cinnamon.

Finish: not extremely long but the blend of these apricotty notes with a little pine resin and mint works perfectly well.

Comments: excellent and very moving! And I find the fact that G&M would fill both very young malts and very old glories under exactly the same humble packaging just as moving – makes all the new GlenWonka-like, Franklinmint-esque old whiskies even more ridiculous if you ask me. Kudos.

SGP:551 - 91 points.


    Distillery Macallan-Glenlivet
    Classification Single Malt Whisky
    Bottle No./Released -/-
    Vintage 1938
    Age -
    Bottler Gordon & Mcphail
    Bottling Date -
    ABV/ Volume 43.0%/ 75cl
    Rating/SGP -/-
    Cask Number -



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