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St. Magdalene 26yo 1982, Douglas Laing, OMC 2008, #DL4712, 511 btls

Saintly St. Magdalene

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@Stu_RReview by @Stu_R

2nd Feb 2011


St. Magdalene 26yo 1982, Douglas Laing, OMC 2008, #DL4712, 511 btls
  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
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Nose: Initially grassy, chalky and mineral with rubbed orange peel, lemon rind and yellow apple; beautifully old style. With a little time it grows richer with hints of tropical fruit, mainly pineapple, delicate vanilla, beeswax and a mix of floral honeys. A touch dusty now, unlit cigar, hints of butter and paraffin with a touch of mocha adding richness and even greater complexity to this wonderful, slightly edgy and typically St Magdalene profile.

Taste: Very much in line with the nose, flinty and fruity in almost equal measure with waxy citrus, light honey, touches of olive oil and aspirin. The mid palette takes a turn into ginger and a peppery dryness, becoming a little dusty, mostly on old books. Finally a waft of bitterness builds into hints of guava backed by walnut skins and very distant coastal suggestions.

Feel: Rich, supple and rather oily.

Finish: Bittersweet with ginger, touches of olive oil/butter twinned with faint tropical fruits, limestone and apple skins. Medium-long.

In many ways a typical St Magdalene but richer and more rounded than some other early 80’s examples. A beautiful old style whisky, very complex and a touch nervous but it's worth the effort when the spirit is this good.

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jwise commented

I think it's hilarious that a whisky described as "grassy, chalky and mineral" scored a 90. I completely understand, as we all use descriptive words to explain the aroma or flavor we are experiencing. Excellent word choices ("beautifully old style", "richness") to reinforce that the aromas were a GOOD thing, as I started to wonder if you liked it or not as I was reading!

13 years ago 0

Stu_R commented

Thanks for the comments @jwise, it is true that these old style whiskies have notes that people dont always think of as a good thing now but for me, they are beautiful. The score is quite personal on this one, the notes are always more important :-)

13 years ago 0