Linlithgow (St Magdelenes) (Closed) / Gordon & MacPhail

St Magdalenes 1981 Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail) Review

St Magdalenes 1981 Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail) When i was hunting the Whisky Auctions for something interesting and found this set of four miniatures, with this St Magdalenes being an interesting part of.

I do still have a bit of a connection to this distillery, with St Magdalenes distllery being located only 3/4 miles (as the crow flies) from where i was born, so another dram that really had me excited.

The 40% doesn't help with the finish which is very short and spiced honey, the nose is exceptionally fruity and juicy but goes spicy with time, the palate doesn't match and takes a huge hit of spice.

This needs time and a touch of water to open it up but it's worth the effort and i have never had a dram change as much with time as this one did, the spice, on the nose especially, was a pleasant surprise.

To find drams like this you will want to look at Auction houses like Whisky Auctioneer or specialist retailers like Hard To Find Whisky where you might be able to find some old and rare minis.

Tasting Notes & Details


Dusty Dunnage warehouse notes followed by cake and lots of it, like passing the women's institute Victoria sponge cake competition at a country fair, rowntrees fruit gums and traditional floral gums and crushed carnations, touches of gentle oak come through with a real chalky element, a butchers spice rub and caramel comes with time


It's a huge apiary of bees honey, with a coating of Chinese 5 spice, a light chalky element, a stale spiced fruit scone, it begins to improve with air but the spice still hits, with some water the spice tames and it becomes very floral honey


short spiced honey

Bottle Details

Bottle Name: St Magdalenes 1981 Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
Age: 1981 Vintage
ABV: 40.00
Distiller: Linlithgow (St Magdelenes) (Closed)
Bottler: Gordon & MacPhail
Type: Single Malt
From: Scotland, Lowland
Posted: 20/03/2017 by Tom

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