Pride of Strathspey 1938 Bot.1970s

  • Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Gordon & MacPhail

75cl / 40%

Pride of Strathspey 1938 / Bot.1970s

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It's a little known fact that the malt in this bottle is Macallan 1938. Just for comparative purposes, it's worth knowing that one of the officially bottled Fine and Rare 1938s weighs in at around ten grand.

Tasting Notes (1)
Facts

Facts

  • Bottler Icon

    Bottler

    Gordon & MacPhail

  • Vintage Icon

    Vintage

    1938

  • Country Icon

    Country

    Scotland

  • Region Icon

    Region

    Speyside

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by Tim F

    • Nose

      Oh Lordy. Ginger snaps, dried autumn leaves, mixed peel, icing sugar, rich marmalade, barley sugar. A faint wisp of smoke in the background. Somehow elegant and pungent at the same time. Raspberry and damson jam, developing hawthorn, faint hazelnuts and exotic fruit: tinned peaches, strawberries, pineapple syrup, fresh mango (perhaps these latter from bottle ageing?) shortbread, golden syrup, oatcakes, honeyed flapjacks….

    • Palate

      Medium-weight, with a very elegant delicacy. The oak is strong here, binding the nuts, sweetness, marmalade, fruit and bakery notes together, with cooked apple, balsamico, grapefruit and even sherry trifle flavours getting a look-in. This bottle is slightly oxidised as it’s been open a while, but the flavours are still intense, and truly beautiful. More assertive pepper than I expected, with delicious notes of polished wood and old bookshops.

    • Finish

      Not particularly long, as is to be expected with a whisky of this strength and antiquity, but spectacularly pretty nonetheless. My tastebuds are tingling.

    • Comment

      A privilege. Truly a glorious old whisky, in fact it’s easy to see that it was glories such as these on which the Macallan legend was founded. One can only imagine what it must have been like at cask strength, or even 46%. Yet this fabulous whisky has a true grace and drinkability at 40%. They don’t make ‘em like this anymore.

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