St. Magdalene 15 Year Old G&M Centenary Reserve
15th Apr 2013
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Tasting Notes by markjedi1
Saint Magdalene was built in the city of Linlithgow in a place where the Knights Templar had built a hospital to treat lepers in the 12th Century. There was even a time Linlithgow had five operational distilleries. Today, what is left of Saint Magdalene, which was closed by Diageo in 1983, is merely the outer walls and the pagodas. The rest was converted into modern apartments. This 15 Year Old was bottled by Gordon & Macphail to celebrate their first 100 years in 1995. So it has been sitting in the bottle for quite a while already.
The nose is soft and sweet. A mix of white and tropical fruit. Apple, pear, banana and kiwi. Especially that last one. Reminds me a bith of a smoothie, actually. It also has a little dirty edge of patato peel, but it does not bother. Au contraire, in enhances.
The palate is not bad, but rather weak. Besides the fruit, there is also a strong hint of bubblegum, which is somewhat offensive.
The finish is short and sweet, with zero bite.
A rather docile expression from this lost Lowlander. You can still find it, but it will set you back around 250 EUR these days. Better spend it on something else.
15 Year Old G&M Centenary Reserve